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SNOWFLAKES/wantage,NJ-12/19/2013

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  • The many varieties of snowflakes that fell this week in Wantage
  • 12/20/2013
  • Album ID: 1746050
  • Photos by Gale Miko

Black Dirt Feast/ATTN: REBECCA

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  • Five-course feast, locally grown and locally cooked, at Scheuermann Farm
  • 8/3/2011
  • Album ID: 1297333
  • Photos by Robert G Breese

Green Valley Farms/The 3rd annual professional rodeo/Wantage,N.J.-9/7/2013

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  • Green Valley Farms held their 3rd annual professional rodeo on Saturday, September 7th.There was bareback saddle bronco riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, a kids calf scramble, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.
  • 9/9/2013
  • Album ID: 1702367
  • Photos by Gale Miko

Honey Harvest/Crystal Springs Resort/Vernon,NJ-8/25/2013

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  • Honey Harvest with Bee Keeper Andrzej Kurosz was held at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon on Sunday. Kurosz explained the working of the bee hives, maintenance, feeding and making honey. Even the wax is used for candles, soap and lip balm. Bees start to fly at 52 degrees or more. They can fly 2 miles on average. They take nectar from beneficial plants like medicinal herbs and flowers but when they are not available a bee will resort to other plants and sweet things. The honey comb is the shape of the bee which is custom fit as they go inside the hole and keep pressing the wax outward making a spot for the babies. The babies are raised in the center of the combs and the food source is at the extremities where the cleaner wax is. The bees will take 30 % moisture down to 17% moisture in the nectar to feed and make honey. When honey is harvested the standard is to leave more in the hive than you harvest. This will let them feed their young and hold them over winter. the harvest is usually in September and again in august. The wax that get separated from the honey when it is filtered is used to make bees wax candles, lip balm and soaps. Twenty five pounds of honey can be harvested from one hive which will make twenty five one pound jars. Kurosz stated he had a record year this year with an eighty pound record. Seventy five to one hundred pounds of honey is needed to feed the hives thru winter. When bees start out they look like a small white worm. In seven to eight days the bees cover them with wax and keep the temperature at 98 degrees. After twenty one days they transform into a bee with wings and a body. The males are called Drones and have no stinger so they can be picked up by the wings safely. The hive has only one queen bee. Andrezej Kurosz honey can be found at Sweet Things & Wild Thyme Honey Raw, Chemical Free Honey Based in Warwick, N.Y. 1-845-544-1474
  • 8/25/2013
  • Album ID: 1696354
  • Photos by Gale Miko

Henry Winkler,The Fonz visits Chatterbox/Augusta/NJ-7/13/2013

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  • Owner of the Chatterbox, Don Hall, invited Henry Winkler to meet his fans on saturday. The crowds lined up around the building and thru the parking lot for hours to take photos and get autographs. Winkler took time out with the kids using an Adam Sandler two piece coin to do a little magic by biting it in half and taking photos with his fans cell phones. There wee plenty of Winklers photos to choose from along with t-shirts and books he has written. When the motorcycle group the Eagle Riders of Strausburg arrrived Winkler had them meet on the grass area where he left his long line of fans for a brief time to take the Riders phots personally. Fans had an array of items for him to sign including an old Happy Days record, photos taken years ago and Guy Leida of Bloomingdale came with the script from the Happy Days final show and the call sheets to be signed.
  • 7/15/2013
  • Album ID: 1680544
  • Photos by Gale Miko

TheHerrmann's Original Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria/Bemerville,NJ-7/12-14/2013

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  • The Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria are from the original Spanish Riding School blood line. Born black and turning white as they get older, sometime taking up to 8 or 10 years.The Hermanns Lippizzans have been breeding and raising them for seven generations now. Their farm is located in Myakka City, Florida.The family travels with the stallions from June to October and they can be seen December thru May in Florida.There are 30 horses in total but 12 stallions go traveling. Achellies is the youngest at 8 years old. The stallions in the show ranage from 20-40 years old. The long mane on the stallion is from being bred half andalusion and half lipizzan. Three shows were performed over the weekend at Lusscroft Farm State Park in Beemerville, NJ. The barns could be visited between 9 and 3 P.M. free of charge. Sponsored by the Northwest Horse Show Assoc. Inc in conjunction with the Heritage and Agriculture Assoc. Inc. in the effort to restore Historic Lusscroft Farm and the N.J. Division of Parks and Forestry.
  • 7/15/2013
  • Album ID: 1680558
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Charles Calvin Smith-Induction into the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame/Sussex,NJ/6/29/2013

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  • Charles Smith will be 99 years old on August 5th;, 2013 and was just inducted into the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame.Smith started in scouting in 1928 which is the earliest record the family has. On January 18,1949, while taking old uniforms from a closet, there tucked in the pocket was more information of his passed achievements. You must be in scouting for 25 years to be considered for the Hall of Fame. The family picked the six Merit Badges that they felt were most appropriate for the ceremony. This is what they decided on and why: Soil Management & Agriculture: Scouting developed my father's love for the soil & livestock! He got so interested in chickens that, as a teenager, he ultimately developed a flock of 300 (in metropolitan Ridgewood, New Jersey), building his own “chicken coop” and earning his spending money with the sale of fresh eggs. He later purchased a 166 acre Sussex County farm in 1945 (when he was only 31 years of age) without telling my mother, although it took him another four years to convince her to move. On our farm, we raised various fowl and livestock, and for some time had both the largest flock of chickens and the largest herd of pigs in Sussex County. Red Cross Life Saving Methods: After earning this Merit Badge, my father served on the Graydon Pool Guard Patrol (Ridgewood) and, I believe, he also served as a lifeguard at Camp YawPaw. I will always remember him as a strong swimmer and we still have his “vest” that identified him as a lifeguard! Civics: I have included his extensive civic involvement in his Biography and believe that this Merit Badge was instrumental! Bird Study: My father always had a great love for birds and passed it on to his family members. He was a member of the Sussex County Bird Club for many years, was religious about feeding the wild birds and often fed his “wild birds” out of his hands! Conservation: I must presume that this Merit Badge was instrumental in my father's conservation efforts. As one example, my parents owned an investment property in Sussex County and there was a “huge tree” nearby that, according to a Rutgers Study, was the largest tree in New Jersey. My father was so protective of this tree that he had a portion of the neighbor's property subdivided, so he could purchase that portion with said tree and annex it to their investment property. As another example, some time ago, my parents sold 55 acres, of their 85 acres total, to The Nature Conservancy, since that portion of their property contained some plant life that was “very unusual”. In spite of my advice that they could obtain a much higher sales price by selling that portion of their property to a developer, my parents proceeded with the sale to The Nature Conservancy, to maintain the land as a “wild place”! Here is a biography for Charles Calavin Smith as presented by his family which attended the ceremony on saturday. Charles “Cal” Smith was born on August 5th, 1914 at Ridgewood, New Jersey in a private hospital. At the age of twelve, Cal joined the Boy Scouts in Paramus (Troop 110). A year later he joined the Ridgewood Scouts (formerly part of the Ridgewood-Glen Rock Council), first in Troop 3 and later in Troop 9. Prior to earning his “Eagle” on February 4th, 1932, Cal served as Assistant, Patrol & Senior Patrol Leader and as Den Leader. Subsequent to his “Eagle” Cal served as Junior Assistant, Assistant & Scoutmaster and as a member of the Camping & Activities Committees and Neighborhood Commissioner, through approximately 1949 when he moved his family to a farm in Sussex County. Cal earned 48 Merit Badges with five palms, was also a Sea Scout (David Beasley Ship) and was, at least, a ten-year Veteran. Cal wrote that: through Scouting he made many lifelong friends (most “gone” now), enjoyed many happy trips with other Scouts and that his time in Scouting was “some of the happiest years of my life”. Although Cal's parents “forced him” to attend Scout Camp at YawPaw for only “2-weeks”, he ultimately convinced his parents to remain the balance of that Summer. For the next five years, Cal attended YawPaw ALL SUMMER, serving as a lifeguard & bugler, clearing trails and building a bridge and lookout tower (written up in the Ridgewood newspaper). In the Spring, Fall and Winter, Cal and a few Scout friends would hike up to YawPaw, and stay in the Lodge. In the Winter, they would sleep in cots in the kitchen (heated only by the coal-fired range) and would cut an ice hole in “Cannonball Lake” for a “very fast dip”. In 1949, rural Sussex County was predominately 4-H Club oriented, so Cal's son (Drew-born on Cal's birthday), did not pursue Scouting in his youth. However, Drew's son, Steven, became active in Scouting, ultimately earning his “Eagle” (with his grandfather's encouragement and with his father at his side as a leader & Merit Badge Counselor), with Steven, along with his wife, Katherine, continuing on in Scout l
  • 6/30/2013
  • Album ID: 1675293
  • Photos by Gale Miko

Butterfly Release Celebration,Sussex County community College,Newton,NJ-6/2/2013

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  • The butterfly Release Celebration was held sunday, Jun 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the sussex County community college, Newton, N.J. The event sponsor was Smith-McCracken & Wood Funeral Homes. The Childrens Chorus of Sussex County sang musical selections. Following the reading of the names it was time for the release of the butterflies. Many landed to have their first taste of freedom and nectar in the field of clovers at the college. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice members did guest readings.
  • 6/2/2013
  • Album ID: 1663300
  • Photos by Gale Miko

Little Miss, Little Mister, Miss Wantage 2013/Wantage,NJ-6/1/2013

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  • Wantage held its Little Miss, Mister and Miss 2013 on saturday the 1st. Little Miss had nine contestants. The winner of Little Miss 2013 was Mackenzie Averill LaRue.Her favorite thing to do is work on crafts. Favorite color is pink, fruit is apple, veggie is carrot, TV character is Cinderella,favorite pet is a dog. Little Mister hadfive contestants and the winner was Michael J. Merle Jr. His favorite thing is playing with legos. Merle wants to be an entomologist (study bugs), his favorite veggie is a carrot, color red and fruit is oranges. Miss Wantage had three contestants. the smallest group so far and the scoring was within points of each other. The judges had a very hard time this year. The winner was Katlyn VanHorn, second runner up was Victoria Rose Litterio and third runner up was Cheyenne Louise Wagner. Miss wantage 2012,Delainey Bona 2012 Little Miss, Delaney Sandberg Miss Wantage 2012 and Miss Wantage 2011 Megan Zummo did the crowning of this years winners. Afterwards they all participated at Wantage Day held at Woodbourn Park. Miss Wantage 2013, Katlyn VanHorn loves camping and plans to open her own bakery here in Wantage. It will be the first one to be open on sundays acording to her.
  • 6/2/2013
  • Album ID: 1663270
  • Photos by Gale Miko

Wine & Roses 2013/Centenary college,Hackettstown,N.J-5/30/2013

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  • Newton Medical Center held its Wine & Roses 2013 event on thursday, May 30, 2013. Chef and author, Sal Scognamillo prepared veal for the VIP guests and also had a book signing for his new cookbook. Scognamillo is co-owner of Patsy's Italian Restaurant in New York City. Daniel Concepcion was making mini torpedo and cuban toro cigars. Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz, from the Bronx,N.Y. was interviewed by Katie McGee of CBS, N.Y. about Ortiz new Smush Cocktails. Steven Maglio sang songs made popular by Frank Sinatra. Twenty five local restaurants along with over one hundred different wines and spirits were on hand for tasting.
  • 5/31/2013
  • Album ID: 1662715
  • Photos by Gale Miko
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