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Colin and Alexander Webb, sons of Lori And Dale Webb of Blairstown, were awarded the rank of Eagle

Scout in a Court of Honor held on December 9th, 2012. Colin and Alexander are members of Boy Scout Troop 140 of Blairstown. For his Eagle project, Colin designed, raised funds, and organized work groups that built a

barbecue pit for the Blairstown Masonic Lodge #165. The barbecue pit will be used for fundraisers by the Lodge. Alexander designed, raised funds and organized the building of a boat rack for local camp NEJEDA. The boat rack was used successfully by the camp this past summer and will be used for many summers

to come. The attainment of Eagle Scout is based on achievement standards that have been in place and well maintained since 1911. Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts ever become Eagle Scouts. Colin and Alexander are both seniors at North Warren Regional High School and plan to attend college in the fall.

North Warren Regional High School will present the musical Anything Goes on March 22nd at 7:30pm, March 23rd at 7:30pm, and March 24th at 2pm in the high school auditorium. Tickets for the performance will be on sale at the door an hour before show time, at $12 for adults and $8 for students. Under the direction of Ms. Sarah Cohea and her assistants Mr. Scott Goldstein and Mr. Chuck Johnson, the high school cast and crew will bring the stage alive at NW with the Cole Porter production of Anything Goes. The musical depicts the madcap antics of passengers on a voyage from New York to London and has been a longtime favorite on Broadway The S.S. American carries an unusual group of passengers. Included amongst them are gangster Moonface Martin (Brian Mulligan), a wealthy debutante and her mother Hope (Kasie

Lerner) and Evangeline Harcourt (Julianna Schico), nightclub singer Reno Sweeny (Laura Pachnos), and a wealthy NY businessman Elisha Witney (Sean Fowley) and his stowaway assistant Billy Crocker (Vincent Luber-

tazzo). It turns out that Hope is Billy's long-lost love. Unfortunately, she is now engaged to a wealthy Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Liam Young). After a series of comedic happenings, Billy man-

ages to win back Hope. Meanwhile, Billy's friend, Reno, manages to seduce and win Lord Evelyn. All this happens while Moonface Martin attempts to escape the law and Hope's mother strives to maintain her social status.

The location of the Blairstown Dog Park has been changed from behind the municipal building to Sycamore Park by the airport, and the fence is ready to be installed. Tickets must be purchased now for the Branson Show Tour Deluxe Bus Trip, April 20th through 28th, to benefit Haven of Hope for Kids. Space is limited, so you must purchase tickets now. For more information, call Gladys at 908-4599210 or Polly at 908276-3850. For more information on Haven of Hope for Kids, visit www.havenofhopefor kids.org. Notice of Public Meeting: The next scheduled meeting for the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission will be held on March 21st, 7:30pm at Shippen Manor Museum, located at 8 Belvidere Ave., Oxford. For more information, call 908-4534381. Public Notice: The Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Warren has moved the scheduled regular session meeting of March 27th at the Wayne Dumont, Jr. Administration Building, 165 Route 519S, Belvidere, to the Hackettstown Municipal Building, 215 Stiger Street, Hackettstown, at

7pm. Caring for Recovery, a national non-proft support and educational program for women who have or have had breast cancer, will hold a weekend retreat in Clinton, June 7th through 9th at no cost to participants. The deadline for submitting requests to attend is March 29th and the number of participants is limited, so apply now at www.castingfor recovery.org. The CFR program incorporates the elements of fly fishing to promote physical and mental healing. The United Methodist Women are having a pastie sale now through March 31st. Pasties, with or without onions, are $5 each. Orders can be picked up on April 5th at the First United Methodist Church, located at 10 Stillwater Rd. in Blairstown, from 4pm to 6pm. To place an order, call Michelle Peterson at 908-362-6703. Get in shape and support the playground! Sycamore Park Playground Project and NJ Fit Chicks are teaming up to offer a onemonth membership to the best workout and nutritional counseling available in our area at a huge discount. For only $50, get a one-month membership to NJ Fit

Chicks (regularly $79). Membership must be purchased in March in order to receive this special offer. Firstcome, first-served; only 30 available, limit one per person. For more information, contact Breanna Johnson at 908-912-MOMS or sycamoreparkplaygroun d@gmail.com. For more on NJ Fit Chicks, visit www.kimlerner. com/nj-fit-chicks-info. Warren County Soil Conservation District is holding the Annual Seedling and Wildflower Sale, offering bare root tree seedlings and wildflower seed mixes at reasonable prices. Orders are being accepted through April 5th and will be available for pickup at the district office at 224 W. Stiger St. in Hackettstown on April 25th, 26th and 27th. Call 908-852-2579 or visit warrencounty scd.org for a brochure and order form. The Blairstown Rec. Departments spring Zumba session starts on April 9th and Zumba Toning will begin on April 16th. Registration is currently being accepted for all spring programs at the recreation office during office hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8am to 1pm. For more information, visit blairstownnj.org and click on Recreation. From Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware River, the Musconetcong Watershed Association is seeking volunteers to help with its Annual Spring Clean-Up on April 13th, from 9am until noon. Clean-up crews will attack litter along roadsides, parks, and stream banks of the Musconetcong River. Volunteers are invited to the MWA River

Resource Center in Asbury for lunch after the event. To register for the Spring Clean-up or for more information, call the MWA at 908537-7060 or email adrienne@musconetcon g.org. North Warren Regional School is inviting Veterans to participate in the annual Voices of the Veterans program on May 29th. Veterans of all military branches and all eras are invited to attend and be recognized for their service. The program includes breakfast, assembly introduction with keynote speakers, performances by the NWR band and chorus, a commemoration ceremony, lunch on the lawn, and optional classroom visits to speak with students. Registration is required. Contact Ms. Amy Horn for more information at 908362-8211, ext. 1139 or email ahorn@north warren.org. The Blairstown Auxiliary of the Newton Medical Center is looking for new members. The auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of every month at the First United Methodist Church in Blairstown at 10am. For more information, call 908-9023771. Hurry! Its your last chance to enter The PRESS Easter Coloring Contest! One winner from each of four categories will be announced in the March 27th edition of The PRESS. See page 14 for complete details. 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: America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, by Ben Carson, M.D. The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting, by Micahel Mosley. The Still Point of the Turning World, by Emily Rapp. Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, by Rorke Denver. Vegetable Literacy: Exploring the Affinities and History of the Vegetable Families, with 300 Recipes, by Deborah Madison. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid. Love in Maine, by Connie Falconeri. Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, by Charles Wheelan. The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen, by Matt Lee. A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki. Immortal Ever After: An Argeneau Novel, by Lynsay Sands. Little Critter: Just a Big Storm, by Mercer Mayer. Robert B. Parker's Wonderland (Spenser), by Ace Atkins. Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked, by James

Lasdun. The Striker (An Isaac Bell Adventure), by Clive Cussler. Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community, by Joy Deangdeelert Cho. Inferno: A Novel, by Dan Brown. All Natural*: *A Skeptic's Quest for Health and Happiness in an Age of Ecological Anxiety, by Nathanael Johnson. Discoveries: Leonardo Da Vinci, by Alessandro Vezzosi. Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal, by Dick Lehr. Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream, by Deepak Chopra, M.D. Lawrence of Arabia: The Life, the Legend, by Malcolm Brown. Napoleon on Napoleon, by Somerset De Chair. Comanche Six: Company Commander in Vietnam, by James Estep. The Fall of Napoleon: The Final Betrayal, by David HamiltonWilliams. The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys, by Dean King. Western Front, by David Ray. Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World, by Bill OReilly. Tasty School Lunches, by Editors of Favorite Brand Name Recipes. In and Out of Character, by Basil Rathbone. At Home with Crochet, by Cathy Hardy & Anne Van Wagner Childs.

playground.com. You can also learn more by emailing sycamorepark playground@gmail.com or calling 908-912MOMS. Leathers and Associates, the same design firm that worked on Fredon Elementary Schools Foxs Den and Roxburys Imagination Station, has drawn up plans for the approximately 8000 square foot play area. It will house a section for both older children (ages five through 12) as well as toddlers.

The playground is handicapped accessible. It is a truly one of a kind design with many unique features, including a train and truck table on the tot lot side and a tree house on the older kids side. The ideas for the design came, in part, from the children at the elementary school during their Design Day interviews in October, as well as from the Design and Special Features Committee, part of the project steering committee. The

overall design incorporates much of the local history and towns character. Look for the upcoming car show, co-sponsored by the Lions Club and the MOMS Club, on June 15th (rain date June 16th). There will be many vendors onsite, children's activities, and of course, great cars. Come out for a great time, for a great cause. Keep an eye out for more great events to support the playground. Build a playground, build a memory!

Have you seen the fliers posted around town? The display at First Hope Bank? Lollipops at the post office or pharmacy? Ordered pizza or bagels that came with a personalized picket form? Those are just some of the ways the community is coming together to make the Sycamore Park Playground a success. The project steering committee is excited by the support theyve received from the businesses and families in and around Blairstown, having already

raised over $48,000 toward the goal of $125,000! And with the full support of the township committee, this state-of-the-art playground, coming in May 2014, is closer than you think! 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! They need volunteers of all kinds to join one of the committees, to help coordinate

fundraising events, or to construct the playground from May 14th through 18th of 2014. You can pledge to become a sponsor of the playground to have your name at the entrance or purchase a playground component to have your family or business name on display. They also need donations of tools (loaned), services, and food. For more information on how you can help build this one-ofa-kind playground, visit facebook.com/sycamore parkplaygroundproject or www.sycamorepark

Adult Jeopardy: March 21st, 7pm. Catherine Dickson Hofman Library, 4 Lambert Rd., Blairstown. FMI, call 908-362-8335. 4-H Tack Swap & Sale: March 23rd, 10am to 2pm. Independence Fire House, 24 Cemetery Rd., Great Meadows. Buy & sell new & used horse equipment, riding attire, etc. FMI, call Jan at 908459-5812. BARKS Pet Adoption Day: March 23rd, 11am to 3pm. Andover Animal Hospital, 243 Newton Sparta Rd., Andover. Easter Egg Hunt: March 23rd, 11am. Swayze Mill Park,

Hope. Toddlers to 6th graders invited. Easter Bunny visit & refreshments provided. Sponsored by Moravian Grange #187 Easter Egg Hunt: March 23rd, 11am. Tunnel Field, Rt. 94, Knowlton. Rain date: March 24th, 1pm. Prizes, free food & beverages. Sponsored by Knowlton Twp. Lions Club & Rec. Pancake & Sausage Supper March 23rd, 4:30pm to 7pm. Walnut Valley UMC, Vail Rd. at Rt. 94, Blairstown. FMI, email christiebende@ yahoo.com. Trout Unlimited Annual Fundraising Banquet: March 23rd,

6pm. Perona Farms, Andover-Sparta Rd., Sparta. Open bar, raffles & auctions, dinner. RSVP by March 17th. FMI, visit nnjtu.org or call 908-850-8773 or email sbreed@optonline .net. Casino Night: March 23rd, 7pm to 10pm. Green Twp. Fire Dept., 243 Kennedy Dr., Green Twp. Benefits 2 Frelinghuysen Elem. School alumni scholarships for NWRHS grads. FMI & tickets, call Brenda Kleber at 908-852-4121. All You Can Eat Breakfast: March 24th, 7am to 11am. Franklin Twp. VFD, 37 2nd St., New Village. FMI, call 908-319-0379. NW Dem. Club Meeting: March 27th, 7:30pm. Catherine Dickson Hofman Library meeting room, 4 Lambert Rd., Blairstown. FMI, call Fred or Carol at 908-362-6808. Childrens Easter Egg Hunt: March 28th, 10am. Catherine Dickson Hofman Library, 4 Lambert Rd., Blair-

stown. Ages toddler thru 5. Call 908-362-8335. An Evening with Sarah Watkins: March 28th, 8pm. The Historic Blairstown Theatre, 30 Main St., Blairstown. FMI & tickets, call 908-362-1399 or visit www.thehbt.com. Spirit Family Reunion: April 3rd, 8pm. The Historic Blairstown Theatre, 30 Main St., Blairstown. FMI & tickets, call 908-362-1399 or visit www.thehbt.com. Spring Shopping Bazaar: April 6th, 9am to 3pm. Budd Lake Fire Dept., 378 Rt. 46, Budd Lake. FMI, contact Christine Clemmer at 862-258-3996 or Chris tine.Clemmer@hotmail. com. Warren Co. Democratic Committee Jefferson-Jackson Breakfast; Meet NJ Sen. Barbara Buono: April 6th, 8:30am to noon. Minebrook Country Club, 500 Schooleys Mt. Rd., Hackettstown. FMI, call Fred at 908362-6808.

Blairstown & Knowlton A&P Alpine Meats Animal Mansion Ash Plumbing Asian Combat Arts A-Tech Auto Blair Tile Blair Tire & Auto Blairstown Chiropractic Blairstown Country Florist Blairstown Diner Blairstown Municipal Building Blairstown Optical BookNest Buckwood Building Specialties Burgdorff BuzzWorks Caffe Nelle Cucine Cannon Country Real Estate Columbia Post Office Country Kids Station Custom Colonial Dale's Market David Krawski Dentist DogHouse Dominick Pizza Dr. Magalio, Dentist Ellias Restaurant Finish Line Auto First Hope Bank Frank's Pizza Fun & Games Gallery 23 Geo's Pizza Gourmet Gallery Hair Company Hairs 2 You Historic Blairstown Theatre Hope Deli Hope Haircutters JD Liquors Jetstream Hobbies John Deere Kozimors Upholstery Knowlton Municipal Building Lakeland Bank Lebduska Accounting Lumber Majestic Cleaners Marksboro Deli Medical Associate Napa Nature's Harvest New Beginnings New HoHo North Warren Pharmacy North Warren Truck Repair Old Stillwater General Store Physical Therapy Pizza Express PJ's PNC Bank Post Time Pub Prudential R. Keiling Race's Farm Market Radio Shack Remax RunWay Caf Salon Chevoux Shell Gas Station Skyland Bank Smitty's Sophia Nails Studio 94 Sun Velocity Sunoco The Auto Shop Tile Warehouse Tractor Supply Tramontin US Gas Village Green Wells Fargo Wilbur's Country Store Wine & Spirits Woman to Woman Belvidere A&P Albanese Gallery Al's Pizza

ACI Truck Stop Bagel Smith Belvidere Spa Clucas Farm Dee Doo's Dr. Amanda Richline Food Mart Four Sisters Winery Gunnar's Landing H&R Block Hearth Shop Hickory Mortgage Mediterranean Riverside Designs Riverton Hotel & Restaurant Rosal Jewelers Short Stop Skee's Busy Bee Skoogy's Steckel's Shell Station Thisilldous Uncle Buck's Diner US Gas Vincent Haircuttery & Plus Zack's Zeeks Washington A&P Bagelsmith Fliegauff Jewelers Home Instead Senior Care Kaffe Kaprys Lost Ladies Mediterranean Bistro MWC Racing Pride-N-Groom Quick Check Rossi Second Time Around Shopper Stop Silver Stars Bagel Smith Dodge Stanley's Pizza Subway Town Market Washington Shoe Newton A& G Pizza Back in Motion BMW Dealership Charm Co. Seat Dunkin Donuts Hampton Diner Ho Hos HobbyTown Holiday Inn Home Furniture Warehouse Kathy's Restaurant Newton News Stand Optical Center O'Reilly's PB&J Prima Donna's Quick Check Shop Rite Skylands Sport Shop Springboard Shoppe Superior Shower Doors The Chatter Box VW-Audi Dealership Weis Hackettstown A&P Bachs Home Healthcare Cozy Corner Golden Skillet Hackettstown Guns & Ammo Hackettstown Sandwich Shoppe Mama's Pizza/Cafe Baci O'Neill's Jewelers Prickley Pear Quick Check Riverstar Diner Valley Bagel Weis Willow Caf Columbia Ayers Hunters Lodge Roses Cafe

The Washington Business Improvement District is presenting its Second Annual "Warren County Arts Festival" this year on Saturday April 27th (rain date April 28th) and is looking for artists and a variety of re-sale vendors. This year, there will be more than $1000 in prize money offered to artists whose works are chosen as best in show. There will also be gift card prizes to the top high school student artist (ninth through 12th grade). This event has grown throughout the years, with dozens of participating artists and vendors and Washington businesses, special activities, and drawing large crowds throughout the day. Among the special activities this year will be a special performance by singersongwriter Kathy Moser. The festival takes place along Route 57 throughout downtown and runs

from 10am to 4pm. Artists displaying original works are eligible for cash prizes. Re-sale vendors are also welcome to register for the festival. There is a $25 charge ($35 day of show) for all resale vendors. Artists are free, however, a $25 refundable deposit is required to reserve a space in advance. All original Artists/Crafter attendees who reserved in advance and are participating in the juried show will be reimbursed at the end of the show. If you are interested in registering, contact the WBID office at 908689-4800, or visit www. washingtonbid.org. This event has been a sell out for the past two years. Pre-registration is highly recommended. The WBID also hosts monthly art walks. If interested in participating in one of these opportunities, call 908689-4800 or visit the WBID Website for more information.

The Foodshed Alliance is collaborating with local farms, chefs, food pantries and community groups on the second LocalShare Community Dinner on April 7th, from 4pm to 7pm at Manna House in Newton. LocalShare is a Foodshed Alliance program based on the idea that local, naturally grown food should be accessible to all people in our community, regardless of means. The first LocalShare Community Dinner was held in July, 2012, and drew nearly 200 guests. The goal of the LocalShare program is to not only offer periodic community dinners in a Pay What You Can model but to take it a step further and establish ways to connect the local food producers to pantries and those in need. Give more if you can, less if you cant, said Kendrya Close, Executive Director of the Foodshed Alliance. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Join the Foodshed Alliance on Sunday, April 7th, at Manna

House (Presbyterian Church), located at 54 Main Street in Newton where local chefs Dan Rothman, George Mandakus, Laura Del Campo, Andre de Waal, and Mel Condit will create a fabulous dinner using naturally grown produce and meats. The affair will be complete with live entertainment. Volunteers and donations of food from home gardens are welcome; please call 908-3627967. To RSVP or make a donation, visit www. FoodshedAlliance.org. The Foodshed Alliance is a grassroots NJ nonprofit organization working to demonstrate how farming and food are integral to our health, our economy, our communities, and our environment through exceptional events, education and activism. The Foodshed Alliance Executive Director Kendrya Close can be reached directly at 908362-7967 or info@ foodshedalliance.org for questions or comments.

The Sussex County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will offer a Spring 2013 NAMI Basics course in partnership with the Family Support Organization (FSO) of Morris/Sussex. NAMI Basics is a free sevensession course for parents/guardians of children with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges. The course will be held Tuesday evenings, beginning March 26th and running through May 7th, from 6pm to 9pm, at the Hopatcong Senior Center, 32 Lakeside Boulevard in Hopatcong. Trained caregivers, who have experienced behavioral challenges in their own children, will teach the course. The comprehensive curriculum covers Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive

Compulsive Disorder, and Childhood Schizophrenia. Course participants will gain empathy and insight into the subjective experience of the child living with mental health and behavioral challenges. As caregivers, they will learn more effective listening, communication and problem-solving skills. Acknowledgment of the stresses and strains on the family, including siblings, will be an important component of the course. Current research related to the biology of mental health challenges is covered in the course, along with how to get an accurate diagnosis for a child. Treatment options are discussed, including how medications work. Families will learn how to find supports and services within the school system and the community. For more information, or to register, call 973214-0632 or email nami. sussex@yahoo.com.

Chairman Mike Busche announced recently that the Sussex County Democratic Committee will hold a convention on March 23rd to endorse candidates for governor, the state legislature, and county government. State Senator Barbara Buono, who has announced that she will run against Governor Christie in the Fall election, will be among the participants. Featured speakers will be Congressman Frank Pallone and former Congressman Andy

Maguire. Candidates for state assembly, state senate, and county government are also expected to attend. Winners will receive the endorsement of the Sussex County Democratic Convention in the June democratic primary election, together with the democratic regular organization line on the ballot. "This is grass roots democracy at its best," said Chairman Busche. "We are holding an open convention that allows every democrat in the county to participate in

the nomination of its representatives. We are proud to host such an event." The Convention will be held at American Legion Post 86 located at 20 Yates Avenue in Newton. The Convention is open to all, but voting is limited to Sussex County democrats who have registered before March 1st, 2013. Light refreshments will be served. For more information and convention rules, visit sussex dems.com or email info@sussexdems.com.

The Chester Lioness Club, on behalf of the Chester Food Pantry, will be collecting canned and nonperishable food items, as well as frozen lasagna, turkeys and hams, for needy families in the area for the upcoming holiday food baskets. Local supermarkets are presently offering discounted frozen lasagna, turkeys, chickens or hams to patrons

who exceed certain spending limitations. Anyone who would like to donate their free turkey, lasagna, chicken or ham and/or canned and non-perishable food items for distribution to those in need may call Holly Simmenroth at 908-879-5932. Patrons of the Chester Shop Rite may request the check out cashier to have their donation be held at the store for pick up by a volunteer from

the Chester Food Pantry. Canned, boxed and nonperishable items may be left in the box marked Chester Food Pantry in the exit area of the store. Current food pantry needs include coffee, prepared foods (eg. Hamburger Helper), canned meats (stew, chicken, spam), sides (eg. seasoned rice/noodles), jam or jelly, paper towels, and toilet paper.

The North Warren Middle School Boys 4x400 meter relay team raced to a 6th place medal at the USA Track and Field Youth Indoor Track National Championships, held March 9th and 10th in Landover, Maryland. The team of Tim Ferguson, Tommy King, Joe Toribio and Kyle Walker smashed the school record by 20 seconds allowing them to edge out a higherseeded team from Maryland by 0.5 seconds (4:34.47 to 4:34.97) to take the final medal spot. Coach Randy Walker couldnt have been more proud of his teams effort. Ive been coaching youth sports for 10 years and that might be the gutsiest performance Ive seen. The team we beat to get the medal ran 16 seconds faster than us in qualifying thats over half a lap faster. It was all about will and determination today!

On the first day of competition, Aidan Solano started things off with a school record 2:29.33 time in the 800 meter race placing 13th. Tom, Tim, Joe and Kyle kept up the momentum by running a school record 2:00.79 in the 4x200 meter relay, placing 8th. On Sunday, Aidan set his second school record with a 5:10.97 in the 1500 meter race, seven seconds faster than his best previous time. Kyle Walker added another 8th place finish, throwing a personal best 32 4 in the shot put event. Over 1300 of the countrys elite youth track athletes participated in the meet. To qualify, athletes had to finish in the top six of their respective events at one of five qualification meets held across the country. The North Warren team qualified at the USA Track and Field Northeast Championships held February 24th in Toms River. The Girls

4x400 meter relay team of Andrea Dorsa, Elinor Dowd, Cilenna Colon and Natalia Voitek also qualified, but were unable to attend the Championship meet. This is the Middle School teams third medal in two trips to the National Championships. In 2011, Ryan Walker won the Shot Put National Championship and took 6th place medal in the 400 meter race.

The Art Association in Roxbury will be holding its annual Art Lovers Auction at the Roxbury Senior Center, 72 Eyland Ave. in Succasunna, on April 4th. These auctions are usually held the first week of November, but the last two were cancelled due to storms. There will be many items to choose from this year. This years art auction will feature original works of art by local artists. This is a good chance to obtain beautiful paintings to decorate your home or give as gifts. AAR members will be donating both large and small paint-

ings in all media and styles. If you love art or need a gift, this is the place to go. All proceeds will go to support the arts. This year the Art Association in Roxbury will making

donations to four different organizations. Money raised will be used to fund the awards for the annual All Media Art Show for Morris County Seniors and Persons with

Disabilities and to purchase art supplies for the students at the P.G. Chambers School in Cedar Knolls. In addition, donations will be used to further art at the Roxbury High School and the County College of Morris. Along with many paintings, there will be some new and gently used items to inspire your creative spirit including paints, brushes, pads, portfolios, canvases, books, paintings, prints, crafts, and craft supplies. Other items have been donated by local merchants. There will be a silent auction of the smaller paintings and items, followed by a live auction of the more valuable items and paintings. A light buffet meal will be served before the auction begins. Members of the Art Association in Roxbury reside in many towns in Northwest NJ, including towns in Morris, Sussex, Warren, and Somerset counties. The silent auction will begin at 6:30pm and the live auction at 7:30pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 908-684-8765.

Ahhhh, food; its an expression of love, of comfort and joy. A celebration of family and friends, and a warm welcome. Whether it is canned, baked, grilled, stewed, poached or roasted, it reaches beyond language barriers and forms bridges between cultures. So, what qualifies me to write a column about this far-reaching gastronomic ambassador? Nothing, and yet, everything. My absolute love and passion for the preparation and sharing of this life sustaining fare, not to mention the gathering, beckons me beyond the everyday and through the window of adventure. Combine that with a strong German family culture of fabulous cooks and coaching from a Home Economics Certified step-mom who could bake the pants off the Pillsbury Dough Boy. My family raised their produce, hunted their meats and gathered Mother Natures berries, nuts, mushrooms and more. I really didnt have a choice! So, here I am, ready to share treasured recipes, special tips, techniques, tricks and hopefully, my joy in food with you. I will make every attempt to keep recipes simple without sacrificing taste or quality. But, be prepared, some things are worth the extra time and effort and should not be overlooked. I will share with you alternative sources for ingredients. We will explore Mother Natures wild

pantry in season and possibly go on a gathering outing together. I look forward to receiving your questions and comments and will attempt to respond to all. Lets get started. March 31st is rapidly approaching and with it comes Easter: A religious holiday often celebrated with family gatherings sharing their love and joy through food. I am not going to touch on the traditional lamb, ham or turkeys being served up, nor on the best way to cook spring asparagus or Broccoli rabe. Rather, I am sharing one of my favorite holiday soup recipes with you. I know, you are going to take one look at this and say no, we just dont eat Oysters! Well, let me tell you something. I still dont eat oysters, but this soup I devour! Come on. Step through that window and give it a try. This is a very special soup for a very special holiday dinner. Although March is an R month (old-time Oyster language), with todays refrigeration Oysters are good to eat all year. One great thing about an Oyster is it doesnt matter how large it is, it doesnt get tough. You can cut it into smaller pieces and not lose the quality in cook-

ing. This soup is a two day process, but not two days of a lot of work. It just needs the time for all the flavors to properly develop. We are not using canned or pre-prepared broths here, were real cooks! So, lets jump in and get cooking. Oyster Cream Soup 8 servings 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 medium onions, chopped 1 bunch scallions, white part only chopped 3 large garlic cloves, minced 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 teaspoon fresh basil leaves, minced 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, minced Salt and white pepper Cayenne pepper, pinch 4 Cups heavy whipping cream, boiled & reduced to 3 cups cup strained oyster liquor 2 cups half and half 3 cups shucked oysters (about 24) Basil leaves for garnish Day #1: Melt butter in heavy medium saucepan. When it foams add onions and garlic & cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes. Increase heat and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in basil & thyme. Season with salt, pepper & cayenne. Cook until all moisture has evaporated. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Reduce cream. Refrigerate overnight. Day #2: Puree onion mixture in food processor. Transfer to large heavy saucepan. Add reduced cream & oyster liquor; bring to boil. Reduce heat. Add half and half & heat through. Taste and adjust seasoning. Just before serving, add oysters and poach until opaque, about 3 minutes. Ladle into bowls and garnish with basil leaves. Tip: To peel and seed tomatoes, place whole tomato in boiling water for 1 minute. Immediately put tomato in ice cold water for 2 minutes. Core tomato and squeeze seeds out of cored end. Peel loose skins off with fingers. Next time I will share with you a simply delicious, deliciously simple dessert. Until then, keep cooking! Cooking questions and comments? Email Suzie Saucepan at SuzieSauce pan@embarqmail.com.

The Greater Blairstown Business Association General Membership Meeting will be held on March 26th. It will feature Donna Price of Compass Rose Consulting. Ms. Price is a published author and will speak about marketing your small business. This meeting will be free to members and $10 for non-members. It will be held at Tracy Hall at 6pm. The GBBA will host the Cabin Fever annual fundraiser to Mt. Airy Lodge and Casino on Saturday, May 4th. The cost will be $35 for members and $40 for non-members and is limited to the first 49

paid seats. Participants will receive a $25 voucher for the casino and a $10 voucher for food. The bus will leave the A&P Parking Lot at noon and will leave Mt. Airy at 5:45pm. To reserve your seat, mail your check to the GBBA, PO Box 398, Blairstown, NJ 07825. The Board has approved a new host site and a committee has been set up to design the new GBBA website. We are aware that much on the current website is outdated, and we will work as efficiently as possible to transition to a new site. Debi Meade Administrator

I would like to comment on your letter to the editor column and the disclaimer. There is a contributor from Newton that in my opinion writes well researched and accurate info that should be of interest to everybody that cares about the direction this country is heading. There is no need for a disclaimer when the facts are stated. Look at some of the words our administration is putting forth to the public that really need disclaimers so us readers can separate fact from fiction. Very concerned reader, Bill Seal Blairstown The views and opinions expressed in Letters to the Editor do not necessarily reflect those of The PRESS or its staff.

(NAPSI)Anyone who thinks a lowmaintenance landscape has to be plain green and ugly should think again. With a bit of planning, some smart plant choices and the help of these seven garden designer secrets, you can have a yard thats the envy of your neighborhoodand enough time to enjoy it. 1. Choose plants that will flourish given the realities of your yard. Some plants like full sun while others tolerate shade; some dont mind freezing temperatures while others are unfazed by relentless heat. Selecting plants that thrive in the existing conditions of your site ensures a healthy, attractive landscape. Observe the light levels around your homesix to eight hours plus of uninterrupted sun each day indicates full sun, four to six hours is considered part shade or part sun, and less than four hours would be a shaded site. Plants at the garden center should have tags that tell you their light preferences. Shopping locally helps ensure that all the plants you see will be suitable for the climate in your yard. 2. Plant droughttolerant shrubs. These specially adapted plants thrive with limited water once they are established (usually after their first season in the ground). Droughttolerant plants sail through hot summer days easily, saving you the time and money it takes to water the landscape. Read the tag attached to the shrub for information on its drought tolerance or look for visual cues such

as silvery-grey leaves, as are found on Petit Bleu caryopteris, and narrow, needlelike foliage, as on Fine Line rhamnus. 3. Spare yourself the time it takes to prune your plants by opting for compact varieties. Compact (also known as dwarf) plants never get too large for the space where youve planted them so you dont have to bother with confusing pruning instructions. Most peoples favorite plants are available in compact, no-prune varieties: hydrangea lovers can try Little Lime or Bobo dwarfpanicle hydrangeas or the tidy Cityline series of big-leaf hydrangea. Rose fans should take

note of the low-growing Oso Easy series with its range of 10 vivid colors, all under three feet high. Even butterfly bush, a shrub notorious for its giant, sprawling habit, is available in a compact two feet height with the innovative Lo & Behold series. 4. Choose plants with high-quality, attractive foliage. These look great even when not in bloom, beautifying your landscape for months instead of just a few weeks. Colorful foliage, including the dark purple of Black Lace elderberry or the cheery gold of Chardonnay Pearls deutzia, and variegated foliage, such as My Monet weigela or Sugar Tip hibiscus, make engaging

focal points from early spring through late fall. Mix them with such evergreens as Castle Spire holly and Soft Serve false cypress for year-round color. 5. Plant in masses of three, five or seven of the same kind of plant. This gives your landscape a cohesive, professionally designed appearance. Plus, weeds cannot grow if desirable plants are already taking up the space, eliminating that notoriously tiresome garden chore. Planting in groups of odd numbers is a designers secret for a bold statement that doesnt feel too formal or fussy. 6. Mulch. A two- to three-inch-thick layer of shredded bark mulch not only gives your landscape a pleasing, finished look, it conserves water by reducing evaporation. It also keeps plant roots cool and shaded, allowing for healthy, vigorous growth that resists pests and diseases naturally. 7. Dont be afraid to replace the plants that take too much of your time, or those that you dont really like, with new, easy-to-grow shrubs.

Hello Fellow Readers, Have you seen the tree crews out on the road tending to clearing around power lines? While its an important task to keep our power intact, I always feel pain for the trees. Okay, call me a tree hugger if youd like. My fear is their needed task gives others permission to do the same to manage the height of their trees, which some feel lessens the potential hazard of falling. The truth is the contrary. The practice of removing whole tops of trees or large branches from the tops of trees, leaving stubs or lateral branches

(NAPSI)Protect your biggest investments: your family and your home. A few easy electrical safety steps can help ensure that your home continues to be a safe haven for your family. The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends the following tips to help protect your home and family:

Regularly check all cords, outlets, switches and appliances for signs of damage or wear. Use extension cords only temporarily. Be sure that outlets are not overloaded with too many devices. They can overheat and start a fire. Look and listen for warning signs of an electrical problem such as outlets and switches

that are warm, or make crackling, sizzling or buzzing sounds. Always replace fuses or circuit breakers with the correct size and amperage. And make sure all circuits are labeled correctly. Consider having your breakers upgraded to state-of-the-art AFCI circuit breakers. Keep the electrical panel

accessible so you can quickly shut off power in an emergency. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Place alarms inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. Test them once a month, change the batteries at least once a year, and replace the alarm itself every 10 years. For more safety tips, visit www.esfi.org.

is called tree topping, hat-racking, heading, rounding over, and tipping. Oh my, even the names sound detrimental! To survive, the tree will produce multiple shoots just below each cut. Unlike normal new shoots that develop in a socket of overlapping wood tissue creating strength, these new shoots are not properly anchored and grow rapidly, sometimes as much as 20 feet in a year, and are prone to breaking. So you see, the irony that making the tree shorter is actually making it more hazardous than before. Yet, as with the tree crews clearing around utility lines, sometimes a tree must be reduced in height or spread. Branches should be cut back to their point of origin (where they are attached). If a branch must be shortened, it is best cut back to a lateral branch that is large enough to assume the terminal role. A rule of thumb is to cut back to a lateral branch that is at least a third the diameter of the limb being removed. That way the natural form of the tree will be preserved. Its quite technical and best to hire an arborist to assure the proper and healthiest result for our magnificent trees. Sometimes the best solution is to remove a tree and replace it with a species that is more appropriate for your site. Sounds contrary to a tree hugger? But I think more humane than hat-racking. Garden dilemmas? Ask Mary at askmary stone@gmail.com

By Judy von Handorf Over the past year or so, I've had my nose in the novels of Wendell Berry. In That Distant Land, there is a very thoughtful conversation between a lawyer, Wheeler, and his client, Elton. They are discussing the farm Elton has just inherited. Wheeler leans forward in his chair and tells Elton, The farm chose you. The farm chooses us. It struck a chord with me because I always felt this but, coming from Wendell Berry, I knew it was real. He goes on to say that we make the decision whether to embrace the offer or not. Every year around this time, we at the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm select candidates for our Apprentice Program. We interview people from all over the country. When all is said and done and our team is formed, I look at each one of these people and know that they are on this land for a reason. The fact that our paths crossed at this time and in this place is sacred. The responsibility that that goes with this is immense, and we do not take it lightly. We know our apprentices are here at Genesis Farm to get a taste of agriculture and we want to give them our best taste! We want to send them off knowing how to love the land, to have respect for the work, to have reverence for the food they eat, and to know community. Our Apprentice Program began in 1998, when we felt ready to take on an educational component. We started out with one apprentice

and gradually expanded our program to four apprentices and a second-year apprenticeship. Each year, we gain more clarity on what we look for in a potential apprentice. We look for a good work ethic, someone who knows how not to stand around. We look for enthusiasm, for the ability to take ownership. A positive attitude and sense of humor can go a long way when were digging potatoes for five straight days! The selection process begins with a resume and a letter outlining the candidates goals in agriculture. The farm visit is a must! We can get a good sense of a person by how they work, how they help out at lunch, and how they interact with others. When our Apprentice Program began 15 years ago, our early apprentices came with a commitment to farm. Today, we see people looking for an experience of farming before they go

off to pursue other types of agricultural ventures, such as teaching gardening or cooking professionally with seasonal vegetables. The important thing is: The opportunity is here for all. People can take a small window of time out of their lives and have an experience on the farm that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Its such an honor to witness the change in people who come to us. Some of them dont even know how to use a shovel when they start in April and, by the end of the season, they are happily digging a onefoot deep trench to anchor plastic for a portable hoop house. But its more than muscles I see. I see a deeper understanding of the work and respect for it. In Wendell Berrys story, Wheeler, the lawyer, goes on to say,

We start out expecting things of the land. And then some of us, if we stay put and pay attention, see that expectations are going the other way, too. Demands are being made of us, whether we know it or know what they are or not. The place is crying out to us to do better, to be worthy of it. Judy von Handorf has been a farmer at the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm for 25 years. One of the first to adopt the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm has more than 300 member families and is celebrating its 25th year. For more information on the Genesis Farm apprentice program, including how to apply, visit www.CSGat GenesisFarm.com or call 908-362-7486.

(NAPSI)How does your garden grow? It could be one that makes the neighbors green with envy if you turn for inspiration to Americas amazing public gardens. Here are six ways public gardens can inspire: Landscaping at public gardens can offer suggestions for designing a beautiful garden of any size with colorful combinations of plants in bloom. Public gardens use efficient watering practices and have industry insight on responsible irrigation systems. Homeowners can learn how to irrigate their own gardens by exploring and consulting with a public garden. Choosing native plants or plants that have adapted to the local environment can ensure that a garden will be healthy and require less water. Public gardens tend to have huge collections of native and adapted plants that homeowners can be assured will work in their own gardens. Public gardens have a selection of plants that are right for a variety of

seasons. Blooms can happen year-round if the appropriate types of plants or trees are selected. Keeping your garden beautiful can be easier once you see how public gardens arrange their collection. Public gardens employ a diverse professional staff that specializes in horticulture, conservation, display, research and design. Many gardens offer workshops and programs for home gardeners. Public gardens often host plant sales that feature unique plants, flowers and trees, providing top-quality additions to residential gardens. Many public gardens have professional experts on hand to answer questions and libraries and bookstores that can educate home gardeners. The nonprofit American Public Gardens Association has partnered with Rain Bird, a leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products, to promote public gardens. For more information, visit NationalPublic GardensDay.org.

Meet Bach from Eleventh Hour Rescue. He is a four-year-old, American Staffordshire terrier mix with a super friendly personality. Bach was found recently wandering all alone on the streets of a major NJ city. The local animal control officer picked him up and thought for sure his owner would come looking right away for this sweet, people friendly, big-headed love of a dog. However, despite efforts to find his

owner, it became apparent that Bach had been abandoned; dumped by an owner who did not care what happened next to this wonderful and handsome boy. Thankfully, the ACO then contacted EHR to save him since he is a totally adoptable dog in good health with a great personality. To read more about Bach, see all of EHRs adoptable pets, upcoming events, or to make a donation, visit www. ehrdogs.org.

The Craig Kastelnik Quintet, featuring organist Craig Kastelnik and vocalist Pat Flaherty-Kastelnik, will perform on March 24th, 3pm to 5pm, at Rutherfurd Hall, located at 1686 Rt. 517 in Allamuchy. Youll be swinging with a great quintet featuring a great organist, vocalist, guitarist, drummer, and a saxophonist. Craig Kastelnik, organist, performs a wide variety of musical styles. Although Craig lives and performs regularly in the Lehigh Valley (NE Pennsylvania), he has played clubs and concerts throughout the U.S. as well as cruise ships.Craigs wide ranging musical experience included performing and touring with singer Eddie Rabbitt for three years as a musical director, where he accompanied Anne Murray, Gladys Knight, The Pointer Sisters, Bob Hope and many others. On organ (with bass pedals), he has played with many well known jazz artists such as Phil Woods and Randy Brecker, including with drummer Bill Goodwin and saxophonist Nelson Hill and jazz legend Bob Dorough. Singing alongside Craig is vocalist Pat Flaherty-Kastelnik that sets the mood from jazz to blues to everything in

between. Her powerful but smooth, engaging vocal sound comes through to all audiences. Influenced by singers Nancy Wilson, Roberta Flack, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and Frank Sinatra (among others), her personal connection with the crowd makes for a truly memorable performance. A strong percussionist, she adds a solid component to the rhythm section and may be considered one of the top woman conga players in the country. Paul Wells attended the renown jazz studies

program at William Paterson University, and has studied privately with John Riley, Kenny Washington, and Bill Stewart. Since graduating, Paul has performed and recorded internationally with a diverse selection of artists including Deborah Harry, Joe Williams, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Legacy, Mark Murphy, Nellie McKay, Marion Raven, Norman Simmons, Houston Person, David Leonhardt, Randy Brecker, Sam Yahel, Eric Alexander, Joel Frahm, Rufus Reid, Rick Margitza, Dave Valentin, Glen Burtnik, and Spiraling. Vic Juris comes with the likes of Dizzy

Gillespie, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Sarah Vaughan, Chico Hamilton, Dave Liebman, Richie Cole, Mel Torme, Eddie Jefferson and Nancy Wilson. From the beginning Vic's voracious appetite for new musical experiences led him to explore any and every jazz artist he could hope to learn from. He drew on other idioms as well: blues, swing, bebop. Vic's highly developed sense of composition, his skill at fusing traditional jazz guitar with other forms of expression, has made him an eloquent and popular conversationalist. Pete Fluck has become synonymous with both his amazing saxophone skill and his ability to bend some great blues on the harmonica. Since picking up the saxophone at age of ten, Pete felt an instant love for his instrument. As a teenager he toured the country and played with Jay and the Techniques, a national act best known for their top 10 hit single, "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie," which reached number six in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After which, he backed many national recording artists, including The Shirelles and Little Anthony and The Imperials. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the concert. Tickets can be purchased online at rutherfurdhall.org. Seating is limited. For more information, call 908637-6455.

On Sunday, April 7th, Sussex County Community College will host two, one-act ballets performed by the New Jersey Ballet at the Performing Arts Center: Peter and the Wolf, and Beauty and the Beast. For more than half a century, NJ Ballet has thrilled audiences with top quality professional ballet and has given adults and children their first introduction to ballet, inspiring a love of this art form. Children of all ages respond to the power of courage and

kindness that lie at the heart of this delightful double feature. Clever Peter and his friends dance to Prokofievs famous score in Peter and the Wolf. In Beauty and the Beast, Beautys gentle ways transform the Beast into a handsome Prince. The program is accompanied by NJ Ballets original storyteller narration so even the littlest theater goer can keep up with ease. The ballet will begin at 3pm.

The Chester Lioness Club will meet for dinner on April 4th at 6:30pm in the Lamplighter Restaurant, located at 190 W. Main Street in Chester. This evening's program will include a discussion regarding "Housing Options for Elders: Finding the Best Place." To move, or not to move? What are the choices? For many, wading through the sea of retirement options can be overwhelming. There are many alternatives, from staying in your current home to renting, to moving to a retirement community. Should you move in with the kids? Would you qualify for a subsidized senior apartment? What is the difference

between assisted living and a nursing home? Can you "age in place" in a continuing care retirement community? This is one of many programs offered by Family Service of Morris County through the "Caregiver Outreach in the Workplace" program, funded by a grant made possible through the Older Americans Act and the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

On March 13th, the Blairstown Committee was praised for keeping the municpal taxes to zero once again. Also, it was stated that many residents were unaware of the hardwork the committee has done to bring this about, and

perhaps a newsletter should be mailed out to inform everyone. A vote was also passed to decrease the open space tax from 2.5 percent to 1.5 percent. This savings will be passed on to the residents.

Each of 12 various Eldercare Education Programs can be offered by Family Service as a free service to businesses, organizations, or parish members. Programs can be presented in a "Lunch and Learn" format, or at any other time during the day or evening that might best serve those who would benefit. The facilitator will be Lucille H. Deutsch, CALA, CMC, Director of Geriatric and Caregiver Outreach for Family Service of Morris County. Ms. Deutsch is also in private practice as a geriatric care manager, serves the community as a volunteer with the Caregivers Coalition of Morris County, and has been a family caregiver for more than 20 years. For more information regarding Family Service programs, call 973-538-5260, ext. 226, e-mail ldeutsch@fsmc. org, or visit fsmc.org. The public is invited to attend this Lioness Club Meeting by reservation only. Kindly call Holly Simmenroth at 908879-5932 for a reservation or for more information on the Chester Lioness Club.

Sussex County Community College will host a special program in the PAC to raise genocide awareness among students and the public on April 25th from 12:15pm to 1:30pm and again from 1:40pm to 2:55pm. The program will also be repeated at 7pm at Sparta United Methodist Church. The panel of guest speakers will include genocide scholars (Makiko Oku, Ph.D., and Jeff Benvenuto, Ph.D. candidate), and a genocide survivor from Rwanda, Eugenie Mukeshimana, who are affiliated with the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights (CGHR) at Rutgers University. While the presenters will touch upon the Holocaust, the main focus will be genocide in the context of history, past, present, and future. The panelists will discuss the persistence of genocide in the postHolocaust world, as seen, for example, in Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda, up to the present-day along with the threat of future genocides as expanding populations compete for

limited resources. The underlying theme of the program is why genocides occur and how can they be prevented in the future. Each of the presenters will speak for about 15 minutes on their particular area of expertise, and a question and answer period will follow. The program is free to college and high school students. For nonstudents, a donation of up to $10 is suggested, but not required. The events are being co-sponsored by SCCC, Newton Presbytery Peacemaking Committee, Amnesty International chapter 1004, Sparta United Methodist Church, and Sparta Ecumenical Council and Friends, as well as several other organizations and individuals.

All proceeds will go to support Rwandan and Bosnian survivor networks sponsored by the speakers. More information can be found online at sussex.edu; spartaumc. org; amnestyusa.org/ events/genocide-paneldiscussion-group; www. ncas.rutgers.edu/cghr (click programs, then genocide). For questions, e-mail tjohnson@sussex.edu or group1004@aiusa.org, or call 973-726-3245 or 973-876-1072. Group reservations for the afternoon presentations are recommended. Email requests to cschmidt@sussex.edu, or call 973-729-2535 and leave a message, including return phone number. No reservations are guaranteed until confirmed.

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(NAPSI)Your car can go farther for less if you take a few steps to keep it efficient. It helps to take meticulous care of your vehicle by following the manufacturers recommended maintenance schedules and using the right products inside and out. This includes getting your oil changed, rotating your tires, checking hoses and belts for wear, replacing worn windshield wipers and keeping your vehicle clean. Another way to extend the life of your vehicle and improve fuel efficiency is to make sure your fuel system is clean. To help, here are a few fuel system basics. What does a fuel system do? A fuel systems job is to properly maintain fuel demand. The fuel is eventually sprayed from the fuel injectors into the intake stream and into the combustion chamber. What does a fuel system consist of? Depending on whether its a return or a returnless fuel system, it can consist of the fuel tank, fuel pump, sending fuel lines, fuel rail, fuel injectors, fuel pressure regulator and returning

fuel lines. If you have a returnless system, there is no fuel pressure regulator or return fuel lines. How do I know my fuel system needs to be cleaned? If your fuel injectors have become clogged from deposits, they are not able to provide the wide and fine spray of fuel needed for the spark to ignite it. There are a few signs that may indicate you need to clean your fuel system. You are getting lower gas mileage. There is a hesitation when you put your foot on the gas pedal. You are experiencing

(NAPSI)According to the Consumer Federation of America, one in 10 used cars has had its odometer rolled back. Fortunately, there are five ways you can tell: 1. compare the mileage listed on the vehicles title with the odometer. 2. Compare the odometers mileage with mileage recorded on maintenance and

inspection documents. 3. If the vehicle has a traditional mechanical odometer, check that the numbers are aligned correctly. 4. Examine the tires. The car should have its original tires if the odometer reads 20,000 miles or less. 5. Get a free Odometer Check at www.carfax. com/odo.

a loss of power when driving your vehicle. One easy and convenient solution is to use a total fuel system cleaner such as Max-Clean by premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple. It can clean fuel lines and injectors, restore fuel economy and reduce both engine buildup and tailpipe emissions by deeply penetrating and cleaning injectors, carburetors, intake valves and combustion chambers. The lubricant works in a variety of engines whether new or old, gasoline or diesel. One bottle will treat 15 to 20 gallons. You just pour it into a nearly empty tank and refuel. Fuel system maintenance can easily be added to your regular vehicle maintenance routine. Not only will it improve your vehicles fuel efficiency, it can save you from having to make costly repairs that may be needed when fuel deposits are left to build up. For further advice and information, visit royal purpleconsumer.com.

(NAPSI)Its clear all of us who rely on healthy infrastructure to effectively move people and goods need to adjust to life without a strong federal transportation program in place. With the declining purchasing power of the gasoline tax and a prevailing political desire to shrink the role of government, many state and local departments of transportation do not have the means to pay for the simple cost of upkeep, let alone meaningful expansion, of the nations congested highways. To do more with less, roads and bridges will be built with: Private funding and management. Money has to come from somewhere, and strategic alliances will be made between public road agencies and private investors to design, build, lease, manage and/or operate highways and bridges. Transportation technology. Advancements are providing new ways for elected and appointed officials, planners and engineers to add value, speed project development and collect revenue to support transportation projects. For example, modern transponder and video technology are making tolling a more acceptable option for motorists and opening up opportunities for congestion pricing. Bridge design and analysis software and 5-D modeling and animation tools can identify construction challenges early in the development process, reducing risk and responding to the unique needs of each commu-

by Scott Smith, PE

nity. Triage. Limited dollars will be applied where they are needed most to keep existing bridges functional and highway lanes open. It may no longer be possible for the federal Highway Trust Fund to provide up to 80 percent of the funds necessary to complete projects. Federal funds will focus on complex multimodal facilities, tying together different modes of transportation and more effectively using the capacity that already exists. States also will expand alternative funding strategies, such as increased licensing fees, property taxes, roadside advertising and/or leasing or selling unused right-of-way. Ready-made sustainability. Our roads will go green, with innovative design and construction materials that allow highways and bridges to be more resilient, last longer and have less impact on the environment. Road surfaces and bridge components will be made from recycled materials. Pavement will be permeable, cleaning runoff and better handling drainage. Auto-healing epoxy will fill tiny concrete cracks as quickly as they appear. Alternative delivery. Design-build construction streamlines project delivery through a single contract between the owner and the design-build team. To date, 47 states and Puerto Rico have adopted the process as a way to deliver large, complex projects faster and within extremely constrained budgets. And with the construction manager/general

contractor model, the owner hires a dedicated project adviser who provides input that ultimately results in higher constructability. Accelerated delivery. Rather than designing most roads and bridges from scratch, some projects will use standardized designs and generically made components to simplify and speed delivery. The Missouri DOT used such a strategy in its Safe and Sound program to replace more than 550 bridges through a design-build construction process. America also will see a shift in what constitutes real value for public and private owners. The lowest price will no longer be the primary measure of worth. Addressing critical institutional, cultural, political and technical risks early and often in the development process will not only be rewarded, but required for selection. Firms with the technical solutions and innovative ideas that effectively address those risks will thrive.

The Blair Woman's Club of Blairstown got together this month to put together 22 "Cozy Kits" for Family Promise of Warrren County, located in Oxford, which assists homeless families with children. The Clubs State Project chairperson, Marianna Stires, along with club members, shopped, collected, organized and delivered the kits. Each "Cozy Kit" consisted of a blanket/throw, pillow, towel, slippers and/or socks, and a stuffed animal. Members got together to assemble the kits that were put into reusable bags or tied with a ribbon. A bag of extras were also delivered. Family Promise was very happy to receive them and the kits will be given out to families in their system as needed. In addition to the kits, the club presented the group with several checks to use at Family Promise's discretion. Backpacks, lunch boxes and school

supplies were collected and delivered to Family Promise in September for use at the beginning of the schoolyear. The "Change for Houses" project has been organized with the help of the First Presbyterian Church of Blairstown's Youth group, where they have decorated cardboard houses and collect change for the homeless of Warren County. This collection will also go to Family Promise. The Blair Woman's Club does fundraising for many organizations,

including Camp Merry Heart, DYFS, DARCC, The ARC, Camp Warren, the six local food pantries, Wounded Warrior Fund, Blairstown Ambulance Corp, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Catherine Dickson Hoffman Library, two $1500 scholarships to local seniors, purchasing KIND news, Girls Career Institute, Project Graduation, Relay for Life, Camp Invention and Mom's club, plus others as needed. For more information, call Helen Flynn at 908362-5865.

United Way of Northern New Jersey is proud to announce two titans of business as the headliners for its biggest fundraiser of the year on Friday, May 3rd; Alfred F. Kelly, President and CEO of Super Bowl 2014 as the keynote speaker and Jon Hanson, chairman and founder of the Hampshire Real Estate Companies, as the moderator. Hanson, who has 45 years of real estate investment management, including some of the states biggest development projects currently in the works, will lead the 14th annual United Way Commercial Real Estate Network Legacy Luncheon. This annual United Way networking and fundraising event held at the Parsippany Hilton recognizes outstanding achievements in the regions commercial real estate landscape as well as raises critical funds for United Ways work. United Way is honored to have two of the greatest minds in business today share their insights and time

with us as we work to strengthen our community, said Theresa Leamy, United Way senior vice president for resource development. Kelly will share his game plan for staging the first open-air, cold weather Super Bowl during the 14th annual. Kelly is overseeing all host activities leading up to the historic Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Kelly, former president of American Express, will provide a behindthe-scenes peek into how he is preparing for the game on its biggest stage, working with business leaders and public officials in New York and New Jersey to generate a projected $550 million in economic stimulus for the region. Kelly is known for producing top quality results at one of the most successful Fortune 500 companies. He helped mold American Express into the innovative marketing and customer service powerhouse that it is today. Likewise, Hanson has more than 45 years of real estate investment management experience. Hansons legendary leadership in business and politics was recently recognized by NJ Biz, which named him to their 25 Legends of New Jersey list, alongside the likes of Ben Bernanke and Ray Chambers. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to register for the event, visit UnitedWay NNJ.org/CRE2013.