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Vol. 6 No. 12

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December 2014

Roxbury Rules the Volleyball Court

By Cindy Forrest
hey say, winning
isnt everything but
for the Roxbury High
School Freshman Girls
Volleyball Team it was the
only thing this year. On
October 29 the eleven-girl
squad finished an undefeated season beating Randolph
25 to 14, 25 to 14*.
Roxbury Director of
Athletics and Student
Activities Stuart Mason was

in awe of the freshmans


accomplishment. Any season in which a team goes
undefeated is impressive.
Undefeated is very rare in
sports especially in volleyball. Volleyball is a funny
game, weird things happen.
Injuries can force a blemish
in an undefeated season.
Taking a team lightly or having a bad night can turn into
a loss. The stress of a difficult school day or the emo-

tions of a big rivalry can let


an underdog upset the
favorite. To go undefeated
every team member must
play an important role and
the coach must find a way to
keep athletes focused on
every game and every opponent, he said.
Under the leadership of
Manager Sam Osetec and
Coach Anthony McMichael
the freshman team played
through the historic perfect season with 19 wins
and no losses, winning 16 of
19 matches in only 2 games.
This included a 5-0 record
against rivals Mendham,
Randolph, and West Morris
continued on page 10

Top Row left to right: Sam Osetec (Manager), Danielle Wachter, Sarah Mansfield, Megan McArdle,
Rachel Roberts, Lexi DeNure, Anthony McMichael (coach)
Bottom Row left to right: Julia Viparina, Daniela Mantilla, Emily Song, Victoria Losey, Gretchen
Ruoff (not pictured: Bailey Keane)

Drop Off Your Toy/Clothing Donation by Dec. 20th!


MJMedia is hosting a clothing and toy drive, they are looking for people to donate new unwrapped toys, as well as new
clothing (sizes ranging from newborn to 14 year olds). Gift
cards will also be accepted.
Please drop off all donations to the following locations by
Sat., Dec. 20th.
MJ Media, 5 Vista Street, Flanders NJ 07836 (There will be
a bin by front door)
Weis Supermarkets, Rt. 206, Flanders (drop off at the courtesy counter)
Route 46 Chevy- 412 Route. 46, Budd Lake
Budd Lake Bagels -141 Route 46, Budd Lake
Mt. Olive Bagels - 135 Route 46 East, Paramount Plaza,
Budd Lake
Fanucci's - 134 Ledgewood Ave. (Rt. 46 E.), Netcong

Red Dot Firearms 22 Main Street, Stanhope


Philly Pretzel - 150 Mountain Ave, Hackettstown
( 3 FREE Pretzels when you drop off)
Hackettstown Honda - 48 Route 46, Hackettstown
Motion Kia- - 379 Route 46, Hackettstown
HomeTown Hardware - 234 Main Street, Hackettstown
Elements in Message - 170 Route206, Chester
Fresco Mexican 137 E. Main Street, Chester
JC Riess Optician -25 South St, Morristown
Global Home 31 Washington St., Morristown
For additional information regarding this toy drive or to ask
for a list of businesses involved, call mary on her cell phone at
(973)-768-1815 or email her at mary.lamala@gmail.com, she
will be able to help with any of your needs as well as comply
a list of children and gifts they want for the holiday.

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Roxbury Bands Honor Veteran

n honor of Veterans Day and to show


support for the men and women who
serve in the United States armed
forces, the Roxbury HS Band Parents
Association (RHSBPA) raised $1,075.00
in donations to benefit the Navy-Marine
Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). The
NMCRS, a non-profit organization, provides a variety of programs including the
following:
Support for widows and orphans of
Sailors & Marines killed in the line of duty
Educational assistance to children of
active duty Sailors & Marines
Financial assistance for urgent needs
of active duty Sailors & Marines
Disaster relief for families of active
duty Sailors & Marines
This fundraiser coincided with the Navy
Band Northeast Pops Ensemble concert
which took place at Roxbury High School
on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. The

Roxbury Symphony Band and Honors


Wind Symphony opened the concert.
Those in attendance enjoyed an eclectic
collection of musical arrangements including patriotic pieces, show tunes and even a
southern rock number. Prior to the concert,
Navy Band Northeast musicians provided
master classes for Roxbury HS band members and joined them for dinner in the
school cafeteria.
Donations for the NMCRS fundraiser
were collected at the door the night of the
Navy Band concert as well as at the
Roxbury Marching Band end of season
celebration dinner the evening before.
"Thank you for including the NavyMarine Corps Relief Society we're so
very humbled by your parents' generous
support for Sailors, Marines and their families. All the best to you, your supportive
parents and your musicians." Capt.
Shelley Marshall (Retired) of the NMCRS

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"This was a fabulous opportunity for


our kids to be exposed to the fine men and
women who comprise the Navy Band
Northeast. Aside from providing dinner for
the performing ensembles, this concert
cost the Band Program nothing. The Band
Directors, led by Mr. Todd Nichols, and
the RHSBPA leadership felt strongly about
paying it forward to show our appreciation
for this opportunity." George Wendt,
RHSBPA President

To learn more about the organizations


listed in this article visit:
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
website: http://www.nmcrs.org/ pages/ourhistory
Navy Band Northeast website:
http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrm
a/installations/ns_newport/about/tenant_c
ommands/navy_band_northeast.html
Roxbury High School Bands website:
www.RoxburyBands.org

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Roxbury Rec Happenings!

High School Girls Basketball-New


Program!
Great opportunity to work out in the winter!
Games will be 3 on 3, on Sunday afternoons. Program begins in January and runs
through February. Register online or at
Roxbury Recreation. Fee: $85, includes tshirt.
Recreation Street Hockey
For children in 1st through 6th grade.
Levels are Division 1 (1st/2nd grade),
Division 2 (3rd/4th grade), and Division 3
(5th/6th grade).Season runs end of January
through March (will not conflict with basketball). Equipment needed is a helmet,
hockey gloves, shin guards & hockey stick.
Register online or in-person at Roxbury
Recreation. Fee: $70; includes t-shirt.
Family Ski at Shawnee Mountain
Roxbury Community School is sponsoring
a Family & Friends Skiing/Snowboarding
program at Shawnee Mountain. Packages
are as low as $130. Included are five visits,

6th trip bonus for free. Dates are January 4,


11, 25; February 1, 8 & 22. Lift ticket valid
from 1pm 9pm. Register at
www.Roxbury.org/FamilySki Registration
deadline is December 12th.
Boys Jr. Gaels Lacrosse
This program is for boys in 2nd-8th grade,
and is a travel program belonging to the
North Jersey Junior Lacrosse League.
Program begins in March, and runs through
June. Current players can register online or
in-person at Roxbury Recreation. For more
information, please visit www.roxburygaelsjrlacrosse.com . Fee: $95; two children,
$170; family max, $225.
Play University
New classes available! Classes for age 3 6 begin in January, and classes for ages 2-3
begin in February. Information and registration available at www.playukids.com
New Soccer Referee Certification Course
Class will be offered on Saturday, February

Happy Holidays To Your


Family From Ours!

21, 2015 to those ages 14 and older. Course


is taught by the NJ Referee Committee. To
register, please contact Stuart Marcus at
marcus3@optimum.net

food, paper towels, newspaper, old towels,


dish detergent, bleach, collapsible crates,
garbage bags, dog/cat toys. Sponsored by
Troop 6207 Silver Award.

Event: Items Needed for 11th Hour


Rescue
Location: Bins at Roxbury Recreation and
Town Hall
Description: Please donate pet items to support 11th Hour Rescue. Needed are dog/cat

NY Jets Football Promotional Offer


Sunday, December 21, 2014
Description: Take advantage of special pricing for the NY Jets two remaining home
games. More info on the Recreation page at
www.roxburynj.us

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The Golden Pineapple: Unique and Membership Drive and Fundraiser


Perfect Gifts Made Easy!
he Friends of the Roxbury Public deductible. To all our Friends who support-

heyll love your gifts this year!


Whether its seasonal sparkle or a
cozy cape, The Golden Pineapple
makes it easy for you to be everyones
favorite. Their experienced staffserving
Morristown shoppers for 18 years, can help
with your selection, or just let you browse.
Then youll enjoy all the special service for
which the store is famouslike beautiful
gift wrapping, free-of-charge. And the convenience doesnt stop there: they will ship
your gifts at reasonable costs, with no packing fees. No long lines for you!
Youll have hundreds of things to choose
from: handmade jewelry, art glass, Mariposa
frames, ornaments, barware and tableware.
You have to see this stylish and sustainable
recycled aluminum that goes from oven to
table and never needs polishing!
Newly-remodeled and reopened in
Morristown, the Golden Pineapple offers a
wide selection of Holiday favorites, like
Byers Choice Carolers, elegant ornaments
for decorating or swapping, and exquisite
tableware that is sure to become a family
heirloom. Enjoy or give the scents of the
holidays with Lampe Berger that removes
odors and germs from the air while adding
lovely fragrance to home or office.

Youll find something great for everyone


on your list, like sparkling snowflake jewelry, pewter purse accessories, all-natural
soaps and lotions from Provence, enameled
jeweled boxes and crystal-studded frames.
So much sparkle! So very affordable! So
glad this store is back in town!
Preserve the spirit of the holidays with
serene Nativities and religious statues,
angels and Hanukkah items. Light the night
with seasonal and everyday night lights.
Hear the sounds of the season with porcelain
musicals and musical Holiday waterglobes.
Bring out the Christmas nostalgia with large
velvet Santas, lighted snowman and trees,
and, of course, Nutcracker designs for all the
NJ Ballet dancers.
The new Golden Pineapple is now midway-back on the first floor at 14 Pine Street,
around the corner from The Mayo Arts
Center and two doors down from The
Dublin Pub. Holiday hours are: Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,
10:00 AM-5:30 PM; Thursdays 10:00 AM
7:00 PM and Sundays 12 Noon -5:00PM.
Later store closing begins mid- December.
For more details visit the store website at
www.shop14pine.com or call 973-2670400.

Library 2015 Membership Drive


and Fundraiser kick-off has begun.
Membership covers the period January 1,
2015 December 31, 2015. In addition to
knowing that you are supporting a vital
part of our community, membership entitles you to attend the Friends-only preview
night to our popular fundraiser book sale.
Donations to the Friends are tax

ed the Library in 2014, and in previous


years, we thank you for your continued
support. Please look for your renewal
notice in the mail. Applications for membership are available at the Librarys circulation desk or by going on line at
http://www.roxburylibrary.org/friends/me
mbership.html.

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St. Therese Students Help Feed the Hungry


encourages students at St. Therese to live
out their faith by helping individuals and
communities in need.
In addition to a values and faith based
education, St. Therese School offers students in pre-K through 8th grade a new
STEM-based curriculum.
They are

encouraged to develop as individuals and


to fulfill their academic and spiritual
potential. For more information or a tour
of the school, contact principal Mrs. Lisa
Hirschfeld, at 973-584-0812 or visit our
website at http://sts.stthereseroxbury.org.

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St. Therese 7th and 8th grade students helped to sort the food donations. Pictured left to right are:
Lucas Kaelin, Michael ORawe, Catherine Hinson, Marc Bain, Darya Don, Olivia Guevara, Sean
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tudents at St. Therese School in


Succasunna participated in the
parish annual food drive again this
year, collecting over 50 bags of food items
that were part of the Thanksgiving basket

donations assembled by volunteers at St.


Therese Church. Each grade was asked to
contribute a different item to help fill the
baskets. All donations went to local residents in Roxbury. This yearly project

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Matera Signs with Rutgers

Nicholas Matera with father Mike Matera (left) and mother Lisa Matera (right).

oxbury High School, home of the


Gaels,
congratulates
senior
Nicholas Matera for recently sign-

ing a Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Rutgers.

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Roxbury Rules the Volleyball Court...


continued from front page
Central.
In addition to the regular season play the
freshman girls competed in the Warren Hills
Junior Varsity Tournament on October 11. In
the tournament, the Roxbury Gael team
played competitive volleyball and split their
matches against quality junior varsity opponents.
McMichael explained how the team
achieved its success. The girls set team
goals at our very first practice in August, he
explained. Their team goals were to create
strong team bonds on and off the court; work
well with each other; and, get closer to each
other.
He added, The girls went above and
beyond these goals throughout the season!
It took an uncommon group of girls to
achieve so much but there was another contributing factor according to Roxbury
Varsity Coach Beth Grasso. I must say that
Coach McMichael set the tone for the team
as day in and day out he inspired them with
his enthusiasm, sense of teamwork, and
commitment to excellence. He spent hours
preparing himself and the team to be the best
that they can be. From cheers to quotes to
team bonding opportunities, to pushing them
to always raise the bar, Coach McMichael
did it all. We are so fortunate to have him as

a coach in our program, she said.


Mason agreed. Their coach, Mr.
McMichael, does an outstanding job and
understands the important role he has in the
volleyball program as the freshmen coach.
He teaches fundamentals, pushes his athletes
to be their best and prepares them to move
on to the next level. He makes sure that his
team has fun and a great first experience in
Roxbury High School Athletics. He could
not be more dedicated to his student athletes.
He works very well with our other two outstanding coaches - Asst. Coach Sebastian
DePietro and Head Coach Grasso. The
entire program had record breaking success.
One of the quotes the team rallied around
from the beginning of the season until the
final victory was, When teamwork is the
destination, victories happen along the way.
The girls always worked together and
pushed each other to become better teammates and better people. During the matches, the girls always huddled on the court to
support each other after each and every point
was scored. Whether the team won or lost
the point, they always supported each other.
However for the Roxbury Gaels the focus
was never about the record, it was always
about building a team. According to
McMichael the undefeated record was never

discussed a single time in practices or


matches throughout the season. We focused
on working together, not on winning matches, he said.
For their coach it was an exceptional season. The girls were truly special - they are
the best team I have ever been a part of.
They truly cared for each other off the court
and on the court. Each girl was completely
unselfish and always put the team and her
teammates ahead of herself, McMichael
explained. The girls were always willing to
sacrifice playing time and individual
achievements for the success of the team.
The girls ended each huddle throughout the
season with two phrases: Together! and
As One!!
Mason added, More impressive than the
undefeated season is how the girls represented themselves, their team, their school and
their community. The girls are excellent students and leaders in the school. They raised
money for breast cancer awareness, ran a
youth volleyball clinic and are great role
models for their peers. They always won
with dignity and never looked to humiliate
or embarrass an opponent.
Determination, togetherness and commitment alone dont win matches and result in
an undefeated season. Thats why the
Roxbury girls also worked incredibly hard

for each other. They practiced or played volleyball six days each week from mid-August
through November, and they pushed each
other to get better each and every day.
McMichael isnt the only coach that recognized that this group of girls was extraordinary. Grasso said, It is extremely rare for
a freshmen team to achieve an undefeated
season! At this age the playing field generally starts off level because the girls are all
new to competing in a high school sport. To
most, this is the first time they are challenged to practice or play in a match 6 days
a week. This group of girls is exceptional!
They not only came physically ready to
compete everyday, but they also came with a
passion to constantly better themselves and
their teammates.
Looking down the road, the future looks
bright for these girls. Honestly, this is the
best freshmen team that I have seen and I
cannot wait to work with them in the
future! said Grasso. From day one they
came together in unity as they started out as
friends and over the season became sisters.
They brought out the best in each other, and
when the going got tough they embraced the
challenges.
*Each match is decided by the best of
three games, so when one team wins the first
two games a third game isnt played.

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Nativity Presentation Raises Money for Diapers for Diaper Bank

By Elsie Walker
he retelling of the birth of one baby is helping other
babies in need. On December 7th, the 12th annual
ecumenical Christmas arts program was held at the
Port Morris United Methodist Church in Landing. The program tells the nativity story through a variety of art forms:
comedy, drama, puppetry, music, song and sign. An offering taken to purchase diapers for the Diaper Bank in
Northern NJ raised $300; this, added to other donations the
Port Morris church has received, means a total of $480 to
purchase diapers.
The nativity story was told through the combined talents of
individuals from the Port Morris United Methodist Church,
Stanhope United Methodist Church, Flanders United
Methodist Church, St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church,
Church of the Hills (Bedminster), and St. James Episcopal
Church in Hackettstown. The musical styles varied from
traditional to contemporary to country. A key feature was
that though some scenes were done in costume, others
required the audience to use their imagination.
The monies raised by the presentation are going to purchase diapers for the Diaper Bank which works with agencies dealing with families with infants in need. While having changes of diapers may not sound like a big issue, the
Diaper Bank in Northern NJs website, shares some interesting statistics:
A healthy change of diapers costs $112/month for children and $312/month for adults.
Full-time work at minimum wage grosses + $1,160/per
month and at $10/hour grosses +$1,600. Average rent for 1

Shepherds, portrayed by the Port Morris United Methodist Church youth, reflect on life watching sheep.
bedroom apartment is $1,045 per month, leaving only $115$555 in disposable income for all other expenses, including
taxes and diapers.
In 2007 Morris County had 1,316 children under 5 living in poverty according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Safety net programs do NOT cover diapers---not Food


Stamps, not WIC, ..
The Diaper Bank is part of Child and Family Resources.
For more information, visit its website at:
http://www.childandfamily-nj.org/

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Youth Food Drive Benefits Local Pantry

by Elsie Walker
ne day in November, bags were left at homes in
Port Morris (Landing) and on Main Street in
Stanhope with a flier and a simple request: if possible get one or more grocery items listed on the flier, put
the items in the bag and leave the bag by the front door on
a certain day. What might seem like a simple request would
end up meaning so much to area residents in need. The
food drive was a project spear-headed by the youth of the
Port Morris United Methodist Church in Landing, and
joined in by youth from the Stanhope United Methodist
Church in Netcong. It was the latter churchs pantry that
benefitted from the drive. Approximately 60 bags of food
were collected. A short thank you note was left at each
home that donated.
We are so thankful for the Port Morris United
Methodist Church youth and our youth for their food drive.
The kids were all so eager and I feel this raises awareness
to them and their families that there are many hungry people in the world and in our own communities. The youth
learned the importance of caring for others, treating others
as themselves. The youth collected boxes and boxes of
canned goods, pastas, soup, and other non- perishable
foods that will feed many families during the winter
months. These families are very thankful for the assistance. They humbly come to us for assistance and thanks
to food drives such as this, we are able to provide healthy
nourishment, said Lynn Zaremba, pastor of the Stanhope
United Methodist Church
The food drive team included 12 youths and four adults

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from the Port Morris United Methodist Church and four


youths and two adults from the Stanhope United Methodist
Church. The project included not only getting out the fliers
and bags, but collecting the food, checking the expiration
dates, sorting it, boxing it, and taking it to the pantry. Tina
Berchak of Stanhope, who co-leads the Port Morris United
Methodist youth group with Jennifer Kasilag of
Hopatcong, talked to the youth after they were finished.
Some were surprised at how often the food pantry is used.
Overall, they were happy to have done something to help
others.
This event is so important because it teaches each one
of us that you learn how to be a Christian by practicing
your faith. The youth group gets particularly excited about
this project because they know they are directly helping
someone in our community that cannot afford food and for
that I am very proud of all of them for working together
and seeing it to fruition, said Berchak.
Zaremba noted that the Stanhope United Methodist
Church pantry can always use donations of non- perishable
food items. These include, but are not limited to, canned
vegetables, meats, soups, stews, beans and fruit; cereal and
oatmeal, pasta and sauce, rice, boxed potato mix, peanut
butter and jelly, mac 'n cheese, ramen noodles, pancake
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She shared, We are very thankful to our community for
all their support with donations and fundraisers that provide food for those in need.
For more information, call the Stanhope United
Methodist Church at 973-347-0247.

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Members of the food drive team load boxes of food going to the
local food pantry.

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Roxbury Announces Athletic Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees

oxbury High School announces its


third class of the Athletic Hall of
Fame.
"The six inductees span nearly 70 years
of Roxbury history, from the undefeated
Gaels Football Team of 1934 to the 2004
Girls Cross Country team, said Athletic
Director Stuart Mason. This diverse group
of athletes represents an exciting account of
accomplishment and character, where
virtues, such as perseverance, courage, loyalty, teamwork and generosity have been
consistently established. The Class of 2015
is an outstanding one!
The event, which honors alumni, coaches and friends of Roxbury High School who
have demonstrated exceptional personal
achievement, distinctive contributions to
the advancement of athletics and heartfelt
dedication to Roxbury High School, will be
held on May 16, 2015 at 5 p.m. in the
schools Dining Hall.
Tickets are $29.00 for adults and $ 15.00
for children and can be purchased online at
www.RHSHallofFame.org or by contacting
Stuart Mason in the athletic department at
973 584 1200 x 1230.
Roxbury Athletic Hall of Fame 2015
Inductees:
Charlie Treloar, class of 1935, was a
First Team All-State selection by the

Associated Press of New Jersey in 1934.


The 34 Gaels are, to this day, the only
undefeated football team in Roxbury history. That season, Treloar won Morris County
scoring title. He is one of only 10 Gaels to
have ever won this title. In football, Charlie
was a member of 4 division championships.
He was also a 4-year Varsity Baseball player, where he played third base for the 1933
Morris County champions. [See the
attached photo of the '34-'35 Gaels Football
Team. Treloar is No. 29, in the front row,
fourth from the left.]
Bob Balcerski, class of 1977, was the
1977 Group 3 Long Jump State Champion.
In addition, he won Morris County track
titles in the Long Jump and the 120M hurdles in that same season. After running 4
years at Seton Hall University, Balcerski
was selected as an alternate for the United
States National Track Team for the 1984
Los Angeles Olympics. He would go on to
coach track at Morristown and Roxbury. As
coach of the Colonials, his teams went an
entire decade undefeated.
Little Bill Henderson, class of 1965,
won that same years New Jersey state
wrestling crown at 178 pounds. In 1963 and
1964, he placed third in that same weight
bracket. In addition to his state titles,
Henderson was a 3-peat Regional

American Legion Post #278 Ladies


Auxiliary New Years Eve Party

tanhope American Legion Post


#278 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a
New Years Eve Party on
December 31, 2014, from 9:00 P.M. to
1:00 A.M. The location is the Legion
Post, 119 Rte. 183, Stanhope, NJ.
Donation is $80.00 per couple and

includes a Hot & Cold Buffet, Open Bar,


DJ Music, and Door Prizes.
Tickets are available at the Legion
Post or by calling 973/347-5558. Only a
limited number of tickets are available
so purchase early.

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Deadline January 7th
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Champion from 1963-1965 and was a member of the Jersey Hills Conference championship squads in 1962 and 1965.
Jaci Rich, class of 1980, was a 4-year
Varsity Girls basketball player for Donna
Lazowsky and a 4-year member of the
Gaels Softball team. Jaci was a member of
the 77 and 78 softball Iron Area
Conference champions. In basketball, she
led the Gaels in scoring in both the 1978-79
and 1979-80 seasons. She ended her career
with more than 700 total career points. Jaci
was also a 4-year varsity member of the tennis team and was Roxburys first female 12letter winner.
Doug Brooks, class of 1996, was twice
named to the First Team All Morris County
Boys Soccer Team. In 1995, he was not
only named First Team All-State, but he was
also selected New Jersey Gatorade Player of
the Year. Doug was named All-American
by the National Soccer Coaches Association
in 1995. Doug would go on to earn tryouts
for the USA U-18 and U-20 National
Teams. Doug played collegiately for the
University of California.
Toby Barkman, class of 1960, will be
inducted into the Roxbury Athletic Hall of

Fame as a coach. A starter on the 1959 State


Championship team, Barkman is the last
Chester resident to have graduated from
Roxbury. When the school opened up in
1958, Chester students were given a choice
to attend either West Morris or Roxbury.
Barkman was the only student to continue at
Roxbury. After playing football at East
Stroudsburg University, Barkman served as
head coach of the Gaels from 1967-72. In
that span, Barkmans teams amassed a
record of 42-10-2 and won 3 Iron Area
Conference titles.
The 2004 Girls Cross Country Team will
also be inducted into the Roxbury Athletic
Hall of Fame. Coached by Shelly Sikora,
this talented group of runners won the
Sectional Championship, the Group 4
Championship, and the NJSIAA Meet of
Champions. They also finished #9 in the
USA at the Nike Invitationals. Ali Caruana
(Rutgers), Jennifer Ennis (Richmond),
Lauren Penney (Syracuse), Kristen Stevens
(Quinnipiac),
Ashley
Cromartie
(Maryland), Sarah Tencza (Sacred Heart),
and Casey Campbell (Stevens Tech) combined to form one of New Jerseys most
dominant cross country teams ever.

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Mix Up New Years Eve With Music, Theater, Dance

By Cheryl Conway
tart 2015 off right, enjoying a night of
dance, comedy, theater, music and childrens performances all in the heart of
Morristown.
There is more brewing on New Years Eve
other than beer, champagne, Times Square
and the annual ball dropping extravaganza.
Grab the family, bag the babysitter this year,
turn the big screen off and join in on the fun
at First Night Morris County 2015. The event
is scheduled for Wed., Dec. 31, with performances to begin at 4:45 p.m., magnificent fireworks on the Green at 9:15 p.m. and again
atmidnight when the program ends.
With more than 80 performances scheduled, involving 200 individual artists, to be
held at 25 venues centering on the
Morristown Green, Theres something for
everyone, says Michael Schmidt, chair of
the Board of Trustees First Night Morris
County. There really is. Its a great event. It
caters to all ages on purpose.
Attending First Night- first when he was a
kid and then performing with his former
band, Old Man Out, 14 years ago at First
Night Morris County 2001, has had a lasting
positive influence on Schmidt who has served
as the event chair for the past four years.
Its really the value, says Schmidt. The
value is number one; you are seeing these

artists, many who charge $100 per ticket.


The diversity of events, diversity of talent is
really unique, with dance, comedy, rock,
jazz, blues, classical, childrens performances
and theater. You have all these different art
mediums in one place and sense of community all in one place.
The experience of being in the community
on New Years Eve and enjoying the arts has
a lasting impression on those who attend.
The sense of community, vibrancy of
being out in a safe engaging community, in an
alcohol-free event provides a nice alternative
to people, says Schmidt. Its a feeling of
vibrancy; its tough to describe but really
amazing until you go.
In its 23rd year, nearly 10,000 people
come out to First Night to ring in the New
Year with an unmatched array of performances! First Night Morris County 2015 is the
biggest and brightest New Years Eve celebration in New Jersey, providing a magnificent family-friendly and alcohol-free celebration, as stated in the program.
Founded in 1992 by the Morris County
Freeholders in collaboration with Morris
Arts, First Night Morris County is modeled
after the 1976 First Night in Boston, explains
Schmidt. We are the largest one in the state,
with other venues in Haddonfield, Ocean City
and Mt. Holly.

Seeing success in other communities, in


Morris County People wanted alternative
ways to celebrate New Years Eve, focusing
on the arts. It became a tradition. Arts and
entertainment is the focus.
Participants receive a First Night Morris
County admission button which gives them
access to innovative, diverse and high quality performances ideal for participants of all
ages. The venues- such as the Mayo
Performing Arts Center, library, Morristown
High School, The Hyatt and various churches- are within close walking distance of one
another at the historic Morristown Green and
free shuttles are also being provided by
Atlantic Health. All performances are indoors
and will take place regardless of weather.
Artists and performers are sought out each
year to perform at First Night Morris County.
Two-thirds of this years performers are new
to the program, adds Schmidt.
The British Invasion Tribute Band returns
to the Mayor Performing Arts Center this
year. Dinoman will also be entertaining for
the children with his large inflatable
dinosaurs.
Another highlight will be Comedian Jon
Fisch, who has appeared on the Late Show
with David Letterman and had also opened
for Jerry Seinfeld in the past.
New this year is the mobile website- first-

nightmorris.org- highlighting the event with


all the performances scheduled, a map, the
program and frequently asked questions.
Attendees can now learn the performers in
advance, and map out their schedule for the
evening to get the most of their New Years
Eve.
Tickets can be purchased before Dec. 31,
online at firstnightmorris.com; from Mayo
Performing Arts Center (MPAC) at 973-5398008; or at the Box Office, 100 South Street
in Morristown.
Buttons can also be purchased the day of
the event at the Command Center, in the
Hyatt Morristown Conference Center at
Headquarters Plaza, Mayo Performing Arts
Center, and Morristown Library. Printed tickets distributed by the Mayo Performing Arts
Center for online orders can be exchanged for
buttons on the night of the event at any First
Night location.
With more than 150 volunteers needed at
the various venues to help provide a smooth
program, Schmidt says the organization welcomes new people to get involved. Volunteers
receive a free admission ticket to attend performances.
Tickets cost $20, or $70 for a four-pack,
before Dec. 21; and $25, or $90 for a fourpack from Dec. 22 through Dec. 31 Children
four and under are free.

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Teens Shoot Down Drugs and Alcohol In Music Competition

By Cheryl Conway
he countdown is on calling all Jersey
high school teens to compete in the
2015 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs
Music Competition.
In its 11th year, the NJ Shout Down Drugs
Competition is accepting applications until
theMon., Jan. 12, entry deadline. Sponsored
by The Partnership for a Drug-Free New
Jersey (PDFNJ), the contest challenges students to create music and lyrics that deliver
messages to prevent substance abuse of
drugs and alcohol.
Although contestants can be as far south
as Cape May and northeast as Jersey City,
the message is far reaching, more so than
ever before, with even greater advances in
technology, the internet, world-wide web and
so many more social media outlets.
When we do online voting in the preliminary and finals, we do get votes throughout
the country and the world, says Angelo
Valente, executive director of the PDFNJ.

During last years competition, 100,000


votes were casted last year in more than 60
countries in all of the continents around the
globe.
The messages shared in the songs created
by these NJ teens are reaching people around
the world helping to spread the messages
about substance abuse prevention, he says.
The contest has had an impact in residents around the world, says Valente.
Thats a new component that started three
years ago and has expanded even more with
additional social media outlets. Several thousand votes have come from England,
Germany and Japan. With social media and
technology it has spread. Through their
social networking circles it gets to expand.
Created in 2005, NJ Shout Down Drugs
invites high school students to create original
music and lyrics with powerful substance
abuse prevention messages. Types of music
can be from any genre such as rap, rhythm,
blues, jazz, ballads, rock-and-roll and even A

The Origin of Baby New Year

eople from around the world celebrate


to mark the arrival of the new year. One
New Year tradition that has survived
through the centuries is that of Baby New
Year and its image of a toddler wearing only
a diaper, sash and top hat.
Baby New Year can be
traced to 600 B.C. in Greece
and Egypt. Historians note
that Greeks believed
Dionysus, their God of
fertility and wine, was
reborn every New Year as a
spirit of fertility and luck.
Greeks would celebrate with parades
featuring a baby in a cradle to represent the
birth of Dionysus.
Ancient Egyptians used a baby as a symbol to represent rebirth as well. The child
symbolized the birth of the new year and the
passing of the old one.
Over the years, the tradition of Baby New
Year has taken on another meaning as well.
Some people believe the baby begins as an
infant in January and then quickly ages until
he is elderly at the end of December. Some
stories even suggest Baby New Year ages
until he becomes Father Time.
Early Christians did not like the tradition

of Baby New Year, feeling it was a pagan celebration. However, the Church eventually
revised its standing when it saw how much
people stood behind
the imagery of a baby
representing rebirth.
The
Christian
Church
allowed
members to celebrate the new year
with a baby, and it
was believed the
practice symbolized
the birth and hope
offered by baby Jesus.
Baby New Year
symbolism has even been used for marketing
purposes. Retailers realized the cherubic
image would attract consumers, which is why
it is now used to promote New Year's sales.
But Baby New Year is more than just a
successful marketing tool. Each year, many
cities and villages name their own Baby New
Year, which is the first child born on January
1. Some attempts to name a Baby New Year
for an entire country have been made, but
there have been no official pronouncements,
as so many children have been born around
midnight on New Year's Eve that it has been
too close to call which baby arrived first.

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Cappella, which was last years winner.


County finalists are then chosen by peer
judges to perform their original songs at the
Annual Statewide Prevention Concert, which
is set to be held Fri., April 17, 2015, at the
New Jersey Performing Arts Center in
Newark.
First, second and third place winners are
chosen by a panel of judges that night to
receive music contracts worth $5,000,
$3,000 and $2,000 to perform their winning
songs at different events throughout the state
during the year. The public is invited to vote
for their favorite songs through the contests
website by participating in two phases of
online voting. Since 2010, when the online
voting began, hundreds of thousands of votes
have been casted.
During the first level of the contest, about
40 to 60 submissions are received from about
75 to 150 students throughout NJ.
Submissions can be from individual students
or groups of students as large as six students
in a group.
Judges which are made up of officials
from law enforcement, prevention groups,
the community, media and even teen prevention leaders- review the submissions and
then select one group from each county,
resulting in 21 county winners, as well as
some wildcard groups, to perform in the
April 17 concert. Votes are also submitted
through online voting.
Entries for the competition can be
received either online or by a CD. Videos are
not accepted, only music and lyrics. To compete, participants must be high school students; NJ residents; in good standing in their
school district; submit a song up to three
minutes long with original music and lyrics.
Groups must be six members or less and students do not have to be from the same school
district to participate.
Many participants usually sign up right
after the winter holiday break as many use
that period to perfect their song and message,
says Valente.
Its a program that a student has to take a
lot of initiative and responsibility for, says
Valente, from filling out application, to creating original music and lyrics, meeting deadlines, and having the confidence to perform
in a concert.
All submissions must send a peer message about how important it is to be drugfree, says Valente. Some talk about experiences in their lyrics; others may mention the
options and the different paths students
choose to take.
Drugs and alcohol affect teens and can
destroy their lives, says Valente. Messages
must focus on how important it is to remain
drug free.
Judges consider the message first and
foremost, when picking the winners, says
Valente. Judges are looking at the message

being delivered. They are also looking for


original music as well as the talent and delivery of that music. Its not as much a talent
competition, but more of a message delivered by music.
The message is the most important part
of this competition, Valente stresses. We
encourage all high school students to participate.
The only competition of its kind in the
country, NJ Shout Down Drugs Music
Competition provides an opportunity for all
teens to come together for a good cause.
Winners will be given money and music contracts to perform at different venues- from
minor league baseball games to Elk club
meetings- throughout NJ during the year.
We thought through music wed effectively reach these teens, says Valente. As a
teenager you spend a lot of time listening to
music. Weve found through our research
that music has a great influence on teens.
With the online voting, the messages for
drug prevention act as a springboard reaching more and more listeners. As an added
bonus, at the end of each entry, voters listen
to a prevention message from The PDFNJ.
Before anyone votes, young people get
to see this message, says Valente, which is a
30 second public service announcement,
which focuses on substance abuse prevention.
This years message will focus on prescription drug abuse that we continue to find
at alarming levels, says Valente.
The PDFNJ, out of Millburn, was formed
in 1992 as part of a national effort to create
smaller local chapters to join in the effort
toward substance abuse prevention. The
group provides workshops and training to
parents, caregivers, educators, and municipal
alliances throughout communities in NJ.
To commemorate last years 10 year
anniversary of the NJ Shout Down Drugs
Music Competition, organizers produced a
CD to highlight all the first place contest
winners from the past decade. All high
schools throughout NJ will receive a copy of
the CD in an effort to attract more students to
enter the music competition. Schools can
also use the CD during assemblies in order to
send a message to encourage students to
remain drug free, says Valente.
All those who attend the April 17 NJ
Shout Down Drugs Music Competition will
receive a copy of the commemorative CD as
well.
There is no cost to compete. Song and
lyrics need to be received by Jan. 12, whether
electronically or through mail. For more
questions or more information, contact Diane
Higgins, coordinator of NJ Shout Down
Drugs
Music
Competition,
atDiane@drugfreenj.org; or visit shoutdowndrugs.com.

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CS Gymnastics Boys Team Muscle Up

he 2014 USA Mens' Gymnastics


season kicks off on Dec 14 at CS
Gymnastics, Flanders. Over 170
young boys from NJ will be competing in
the six men's gymnastics events; floor,
pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars,
and high bar. The CS Shadows team
members are excited to get out and show

their improved strength, and skills this


season. This seasons' members include
Matthew Eannone, Nate Bertha, Lucas
Sarnella, Jack Alexander, Ryan Peitz, and
Michael Eannone. To find out current
competition results go to www.njusagmens.org, or visit CS Gymnastics at 4
Gold Mine Rd.

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Thomas Edison Like Ebenezer Scrooge Worked on Christmas Day


But Fatefully Changed His Ways

by Michele Guttenberger
n his twenties Thomas Edison worked at
the News Reporting Telegraph
Company in Newark. During this period of his life he was a very busy experimental research engineer for the telegraph company. He did not have much time for
romance. However, fate had helped him
find his new bride. She was a young school
girl named Mary Stillwater who was not yet
16. By chance she had ducked into the telegraph company to avoid a heavy rainstorm
on her walk back home. That is when
Thomas Edison found love at first sight. He
escorted her back home that day and for five
months there was a traditional courtship.
Her quoted thoughts of their first encounter
were, I thought he had very handsome
eyes, yet he was so dirty, all covered with
machine oil. On Christmas Day 1871
twenty four year old Thomas Alva Edison
married sixteen year old Mary Stillwater.
When the wedding ceremony was over he
returned to work on his stock ticker project
before the Christmas Day had ended leaving
his bride to wait for him on their first wedding night.
Thomas Edisons marriage continued as

it had started - the ever absent working family man. He was always in the laboratory
and hardly ever at home. Thomas Edison
had three children with Mary Stillwater.
When they reached their 13th year of marriage, it was abruptly ended not by divorce
but, by Marys untimely death at the age of
29. In the last few years of Mary Edisons s
life, she suffered chronic pain and relied
heavily on morphine to kill the pain and it
was this morphine addiction that tragically
took her life.
In the early 1880s Thomas Edison was
now the famous inventor and his latest project (two years before his wifes death) was
bringing electric lighting to NYC and he
spent his time not in his laboratory close to
home in Menlo Park, NJ but, at his Edison
Electric Light Companys location in
Manhattan.
When the first electric lighted Christmas
tree was lit in 1882 this spectacle did not
take place in the Edison family home in
Menlo Park but in Manhattan. The address
was 139 East Thirty-Sixth-Street, the family home of Mr. E. H. Johnson. He was the
vice president of Edisons light company
and it was his familys Christmas tree that

made history. The Johnson family would


get encore newspaper coverage of this modern day Christmas marvel in 1884 by The
New York Times in the society page with
full technical details. The Christmas of
1884 found Thomas Edison a new widower
with three children. That same year he
almost lost his home in Menlo Park from a
lawsuit and court judgments against him
that led to a sheriffs sale. With no cash in
savings, Edison had to rely on a friend to
place a pre-emptive bid to save his home.
Years later Edison learned from his sorrowful regrets of Christmases past.
Although he still worked long hours in his
laboratory in West Orange, NJ, he reserved
Christmas Day with his second wife Mina
Edison. Together they had a festive and
decorated Christmas home for their three
young children. They married on February
24, 1886. He was 39 and she was 20 years
old. He gave her an outstanding wedding
gift - a beautiful Jersey countryside estate
called Glenmont nestled in the Llewellyn
Park section of West Orange. Glenmont is
a 29-room Queen Anne-style home only one
mile from Edisons labs and Thomas Edison
made sure he spent many Christmases with

his family at Glenmont. It is also no small


wonder why Edison produced Charles
Dickens A Christmas Carol in his movie
studio in 1910. It was a Holiday message
that he learned not to forget.
The Holidays at Glenmont guided
tours will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays
and Sundays between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00
p.m. through January 4, 2015. Tickets must
be purchased at the Laboratory Complex
Visitor Center on the day of your visit. The
Thomas Alva Edison Museum- NPS - Open
Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are
9:00am - 5:00pm Fee is $7.00 - 211 Main
Street West Orange, NJ 07052 Visit website
for
more
details
http://www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm

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Morris County, NJ- 4-H Celebrated Its Annual Awards Night

orris County, NJ- 4-H celebrated


its annual Awards Night at the
American Legion Post 155 in
Whippany on Friday, November 14. The
event honored over 250 4-H members for
their diligent commitment throughout the
year in each of their 4-H Clubs.
4-H members work to develop their
skills in a certain area of their clubs
focus. They document relevant financial
records, time commitments, and project
results in a Record Book. Jason
Fiumefreddo and Justin Fiumefreddo of

Landing, received awards for their Teen


Leadership Project Record Books. Jason
and Justin also received Personal
Development Awards for their efforts in
Teen Council 4-H Club and were recognized for their participation in the North
Jersey 4-H Teen Conference. They also
received recognition for their hard work as
Summer Interns at the Morris County 4-H
Office.
Caitlyn Brunner of Hopatcong was the
Morris County delegate to the National 4H Congress which is held each year at the

Support Group for Depression

BSA MORRISTOWN AREA: 7:45


p.m. Support group for people with
depression and/or bipolar disorder.
Family and friends also are a priority and
each week there will be an opportunity for
learning and growth.
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MD Treating Depression Memory
Problems may prevent Dementia: worsening cognition can be tracked across mood
disorders where over 50% of patients are
undertreated -- novel pharmaceutical/nonpharmaceutical evidence shows potential of
changing the course.

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21


Normandy Heights Road, Morristown.
Suggested donation for nonmembers for
lectures: $4 each or $7 per family.
Info: Peer support groups every Tuesday
from 7:30-9pm
http://www.dbsanewjersey.org/morristownarea or 973-994-1143.
NOTE: we do cancel if hazardous weather Call 973-994-1143 after 6pm for lecture
nights if there is a doubt. See if a cancelation message.
For Tues nite peer groups Call 917-7232258 after 6pm.

National 4-H Center in Washington. DC.


She was also recognized for accomplishment as teen leader of Teen Council 4-H
Club and for her participation in 4-H Teen
Winter Camp.
The Clover Award is given to those
members who have made a strong effort in
their project area over the past year. This
year, 4-H members earned a total of 140
Clover Awards. 4-H Club members
Caitlyn Brunner, Jason Fiumefreddo, and
Justin Fiumefreddo were recipients of
Clover Awards.
Three local 4-H leaders were acknowledged for their years of service to their
clubs. Sue Filak of Hopatcong and Linda

Kabis of Greendell were each recognized


for 16 years of leading the Puppy Tails
Seeing Eye 4-H Club. Morris County 4-H
is proud of the efforts its members and
adult volunteers have made over the past
year and is pleased to present them with
these awards for their efforts.
Caption under Photo: Left to Right:
Morris County 4-H members Justin and
Jason Fiumefreddo, and 4-H volunteer
Linda Kabis.
If you would like to find out more
about 4-H, or are interested in joining,
please contact the Morris County 4-H
Office at 973-285-8301 or by e-mail
at4hmorris@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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Bally Dar Restaurant...One of the Best Around!

or more than 8 years,


the family of Mr. JJ
Weng, owner of the
Bally Dar Restaurant, has
been supplying Mine Hill
and surrounding areas with
tasty Chinese specialties. The
family-friendly restaurant is
located on Rt. 46 Westbound,
tucked away inFerromonte
Plaza, across from Spartan
Gas Station at the intersection of Route 46 and
Canfield Avenue. The restaurant offers several dining
options, including a quaint
in-house seating area, takeout, or free delivery to local
customers on orders over
$10.
Alongside well known
classic Chinese dishes such
as General Tsao's and Sweet
and Sour Chicken, Bally
Dar's menu offers a wide
selection of dishes that suit
the palate of both Asian and

and more! Deliveries over $10 are free.


Orders can be placed either in person at the
restaurant, over the phone at 973-366-2031,
or online atwww.ballydar.com. Remember to
visit the website often for special deals,
coupons, and other promotions that give a
special discount on any order placed. The

non-Asian customers. "We


take pride in cooking every
meal using only the freshest
ingredients," explains Mr.
Weng. The staff uses only
100% vegetable oil and
abstains from using any
MSG. The portions are very
generous, and the prices are

very reasonable. Lunch specials only cost about $6, and


the wide variety of dishes are
enough to turn any customer
into a regular.
They offer fast delivery to
a number of neighborhoods
such as Mine Hill,Randolph,
Dover, Wharton, Roxbury,

next time you are looking for an easy meal


after a long day of work, tiresome sports practice, or are just in the mood for a delicious
culinary change of pace, be sure to order from
Bally Dar, and support a local restaurant that
has been striving for excellence for over
seven years.

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hile winter brings chilly temperatures and longer nights, theres


nothing that can bring a family
together like a warm meal.
In the hopes that everyone has a meal to
share with loved ones, country music star
Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town,
has teamed up with Smithfield, encouraging
others to lend a ham to those in need.
This winter, Schlapman is showing how
easy it is to give back. Simply tweet your
good deeds using the hashtag #LendAHam
and Smithfield will make a protein donation
to a local food bank, with the goal of donating up to one million servings.
For
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Ham and Apple Butter Biscuit Sandwich
Created by Kimberly Schlapman
Servings: 6
Ingredients
For the Cheddar Bacon Biscuits:
8 strips Smithfield Thick Cut Bacon

1 cup onion, small dice


2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
For Granny Becks Apple Butter:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 pounds assorted apples, peeled, cored and
cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups apple cider
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
For the Sandwich:
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
6 slices Smithfield Hickory Smoked Spiral
Sliced Ham, sliced in half
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Apple butter (store bought or recipe below)
6 cheddar bacon biscuits, sliced in half
(recipe below)
10 ounces arugula
Preparation
For the Cheddar Bacon Biscuits:
Preheat oven to 425F.
Cook bacon until crispy. Remove from
pan and drain on paper-lined tray. Remove all
but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat and reserve.
To remaining bacon fat, add onion and
saut until caramelized, about 5 minutes.
In a large bowl combine flour, baking
powder, salt and paprika. Mix to blend then
make a well in the center of the bowl and add
buttermilk, butter, bacon, onions and cheese.
Mix gently with a wooden spoon until dough
is combined. It will be wet and sticky.
Using a 1/2 cup measure portion the batter
onto a baking sheet, leaving an inch or so
around each biscuit.
Brush some of the reserved bacon fat on
the top of each biscuit. Bake in oven until biscuits are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean, 20 to
22 minutes.
For Granny Becks Apple Butter:
In a dutch oven over medium heat melt
butter and add apples. Cook until apples are
slightly soft about 5 minutes. Add cider,
lemon zest and juice, cloves, cinnamon and

allspice. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a


simmer. Let simmer, partially covered and
stirring occasionally for about 1 1/2 hours to
2 hours until it is reduced and thickened.
Mash mixture with a potato masher until uniform. Let cool before serving.
For the Sandwich:
Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high.
In a small pot over medium heat, melt butter, brown sugar and maple syrup until sugar
dissolves. Brush mixture on ham and grill
slices until charred, about 1 to 2 minutes per
side. Baste the ham with more maple syrup
mixture.
Spread apple butter on the halved biscuits
and top with grilled ham and arugula. Top
with other half of biscuit to make a sandwich.
Serve with more apple butter on the side.

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Angel Trees Help Kids


This Holiday Season

ngel Trees are an ideal way for


groups, companies and even office
buildings, to bring some smiles to a
few unfortunate kids in their community this
holiday season. Everyone knows that many
families struggle throughout the year and it's
especially hard during the holiday season.
Many parents want to give their kids a gift
but they can't. An Angel Tree at your business will help.
An Angel Tree is very simple. You place
a Christmas/Holiday tree in a heavy traffic
area such as the front lobby of your office or
at the entrance to the cafeteria in your building. The tree is decorated with lights, bulbs
and with paper angels. Each angel has either
"Boy" or "Girl" written on the back along
with an age range such as 6 - 8 years or 10 12 years. No names are ever used.
People take one of the angels and buy a
gift for that kid. The wrapped gift is then
placed underneath the tree where it will be
given to a local charity that will pass it on to
a needy kid. You will need to find a local
charity that distributes gifts and ask them
when their deadline is.
You want to start your Angel Tree immediately after Thanksgiving and end it a few

days before the charity's deadline. This will


give you enough time to deliver the gifts and
the charity can sort them.
Businesses can also invite customers and
suppliers to participate by adding it to their
next newsletter or by sending an email.
Posters and notices can be placed around the
building to remind people to buy that extra
gift when they are out doing their own shopping. Sending out reminders just before the
deadline is a great way to encourage last
minute shoppers to get going.
For security reasons, you may want to
remove the gifts each night and store them
in a safe place. For office buildings, have
the gifts delivered to a secured location.
You can decorate the bottom of the Angel
Tree with empty boxes that have been
wrapped.
Immediately after the deadline, let everyone know how many gifts were collected. A
poster or email will help bring a little good
cheer to the people who gave as well.
What To Do With The KidsR is the website that adults go to when they want to
know what to do with their kids. You can
find angels to download at www.whattodowiththekids.com.

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