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Winning Season for Special Olympics Swim Team By Aphrodite Fluke Head Coach for the Dolphins The Hunterdon YMCA Dolphins Special Olympics Swim Team had an outstanding year with 10 dedicated volunteer coaches helping 19 athletes improve their swimming since September 2016. The team practices twice a week at the Hunterdon Y in Flemington. Volunteer coaches are Siddharth Datar, Kathy Chubrik, Rita Read, Head Coach Aphrodite Fluke, Reece Lenaz, Steve Heller, David Sosidko, Molly Chakraborty, Cezary Sosidko and Joe Tarrant. The Dolphins recently competed in the Central Aquatics

Sectionals held at the Peddie School in Hightstown. Fourteen athletes swam in the meet with ages ranging from 15 to 52. The team came away with an impressive amount of Gold Medals and best personal times. Of the 19 athletes, only 10 swimmers will move on to compete at the NJ State Summer Games for Special Olympics on June 9-11 at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing. Congratulations to Bailey Fluke, Philip Sosidko, Holly Harris, Catherine Reischman, Jessica Montaperto, Matt Marriott, Cindy Pluhar, Lindsay Fulop, Tammy Lehman and Halli Williams.

Pictured (from left, front row) are volunteer coaches Siddharth Datar, Kathy Chubrik, Rita Read, Head Coach Aphrodite Fluke, and (back row) Reece Lenaz, Steve Heller, and David Sosidko. Missing are: Molly Chakraborty, Cezary Sosidko and Joe Tarrant.


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Primary Election June 6

Readington Township voters will choose two out of four Republicans running for Township Committee in the June 6 Primary Election to appear on the ballot in November. John Albanese and Jonathan Heller, the Hunterdon County Regular Republican Organization candidates, oppose Britt Simon and Wayne Borella, also running as a team. The lone Democrat is Alan L. Harwick, Hunterdon County Regular Democratic Organization. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Republicans running for governor include Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, as well as Hirsh Singh, Joseph R. Rullo, Steven Rogers. Democrats are Raymond J. Lesniak, John S. Wisniewski, Mark Zinna, William Brennan, Jim Johnson, and Philip Murphy. Running unopposed in the Primary for State Senate are Republican incumbent Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Democratic candidate Laurie Poppe. Seeking two seats in the General Assembly are Republicans Donna

M. Simon and Mark Caliguire and Democrats Roy Freiman and Andrew Zwicker. Unopposed for their party’s November nod for Board of Chosen Freeholder are Republican Shaun C. Van Doren and Democrat Paige Livingston. State Committee Republican candidates are Shaun C. Van Doren and Mary H. Melfi. Democrats Swimmers, from left, are Luke Miller, Frankie Valentino, Halli Williams, Philip Sosidko, Catherine Reischman, Bailey are William J. Courtney, Sharon Fluke and Simona Zdeb. Ransavage, and Karen Becker. Voters choose two candidates for these four-year terms. Mail-in ballots are available, in person, at the Hunterdon County Clerk’s Office, 71 Main St., Flemington, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until the Look for photos and coverage deadline of 3 p.m. on the Monday of the Readington Township before Primary Election Day. SpeMemorial Day Parade in the cial hours are on Thursday, June next issue of The Reading‡$XWR*ODVV5HSDLU 1, until 7 p.m. and Saturday, June ton News. The parade was 3, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. You & Replacement SPECIAL DISCOUNT planned for Monday, May 29, may authorize a messenger to apFOR ALL U.S. along Main Street in White‡,QVXUDQFH&ODLP" pear at the County Clerk’s Office MILITARY house Station. &DOOXV with your completed Application VETERANS & ACTIVE for Vote by Mail Ballot. Call 908PERSONNEL ‡)UHHRQVLWH 788-1214 for more Mail-in Ballot VHUYLFH information.

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Hook-In June 3 The Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild is sponsoring a hook-in (similar to a quilting bee) from 9-4 at the Three Bridges Fire House. Registration fee is $15. Walk-ins who wish to shop the vendors or view the rug exhibit are invited after noon, with a $10 admission fee. Additional information and the registration form can be found at the Guild’s website

vice Academy Information Fair for Seventh Congressional District high school students at Raritan Valley Community College’s Conference Center in Branchburg 10 a.m. to noon. Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy and the Coast Guard Academy are expected to participate. Additionally, representatives from Lance’s congressional staff will be available to answer questions from students about the nominating process. Students should register in advance at lance. Students with questions should contact John Malone by email at john.malone@

Wave Hill Bus Trip June 7 Friends of the Tewksbury Township Library will sponsor a bus trip to Wave Hill, a spectacular public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The trip is open to the public, and tickets include bus, admission, and two private tours: Pre Camp Program $85 per person. Registration forms Begins June 19 can be found at www.tewksburyliWinnewald Day Camp is ing a pre camp program beginning June 19. Campers who are Estate Planning enrolled may attend daily or for Seminar June 15 The public is invited to Reading- the week. Before and after care ton Reformed Church at 7 p.m. as is also available. For a family tour Don Moore discusses Wills and or more information e-mail the Estate Planning. There have been camp at many changes in New Jersey conOpen Space Walk June 18 cerning these topics. There is no cost or obligation to attend, and Tucked right behind the Village refreshments will be served. Call of Whitehouse are over a hundred the church office 908-534-2077 acres of preserved woodland, fields, trails and the bluffs along the picwith any questions. turesque Rockaway Creek. Treat Service Academy Information Dad to a Father’s Day walk with the family on an easy, two-hour walk Fair June 17 Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ- covering about 1.5 miles through 07) will hold his annual free Ser- the cedar and oak woods, featuring

a visit to the bluffs and the creek. Dogs on leashes welcome. Meet at the East Whitehouse Ball Field, 93 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse. (Behind the East Whitehouse Fire Company). To sign up, or for questions, contact John Klotz at Carnival June 21 Kangaroo Kids Annual Family Carnival will be held from 5:307:30 at the school, 1047 Route 28, Branchburg. The community is welcome to attend this fun family event. All proceeds benefit “Julia’s Hope, Autism Speaks.” Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, and visits with many costumed characters are planned. For further information contact 908-231-7800 or Symphonic Rock Concert June 29 The Hunterdon Symphony and guests from School of Rock Lehigh Valley will perform music by The Who, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, The Moody Blues, for the

kick-off of the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation “Music Under the Stars” series at Deer Path Park on West Woodschurch Road at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and your picnic supper. For details visit the Parks & Recreation section of Readington Museums Lecture June 30 Mike Alfano will discuss “The Forgotten Village: Stories and Genealogy of Stanton” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Wade-Wyckoff Barn at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead. $5.00 suggested donation for adults. Refreshments will be served, and reservations are not needed. Alfano, a Stanton resident and the State Registrar, Sons of the Revolution State Librarian, will discuss the genealogy and history of the Dutch and German settlers of Stanton and Pleasant Run, as well as the history of their surnames, and their land records. For more info,


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Readington School District Cultural Flemington Arts Program Aims to Enrich Falcons Meet nity and participate in a variety of By Stacey Brown, Supervisor of performances and competitions. Students in K-8th grade showcase their work at the Annual Hunterdon County Association Friends of Education Gala, and the Hunterdon Museum of Art hosts an exhibit of RMS student projects. Children at TBS and WHS also create pinwheels for the schoolwide Pinwheels for Peace display in October. In addition to the fall and spring concerts, students are involved in various competitions and select musical groups. Members of the Readington Wind Symphony, 8th Grade Wind Ensemble, Viking Chamber Orchestra, and Readington Rhapsody at RMS take part in the Music in the Parks competition. This year, students were also selected to participate in the Central Jersey Music Education Association (CJMEA) Region II Intermediate Chorus, CJMEA Honors Band, New Jersey American Choral Directors Association All-State Elementary Honor Choir, and Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. To enrich the Fine Arts Curricula, Readington has an active drama program. Middle school students performed Shrek for an enthusiastic crowd during early March, and the district’s fourth and fifth-grade students are currently preparing to present their interpretation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves later in May. Readington Township’s Cultural Arts Program fosters students’ love and creativity in the arts. We welcome you to attend a performance by our talented musicians, singers, and actors or view the impressive student works of art on display in the community.


and Greet June 2

The Flemington Falcons organization continues its 50th Anniversary Season on Friday, June 2, hosting a Friday Night Lights Event at Hunterdon Central Regional High School’s Football Field from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will include football drills and skills demonstrations, cheer station demonstrations, games, DJ entertainment, a photo booth and complimentary BBQ dinner. The Falcon Board of Directors and 2017 Coaching Staff welcome the community to meet the Falcons, receive program information on the youth football and cheer programs and register.

Starfish Donation–Roman Hnidj, Tom DiQuollo, and Michael

DaSilva of The Knights of Columbus Council #6930 of Whitehouse Station, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, present another check of $500 to Stephanie Stevens of the Readington area Starfish charity. Over the past five months the Knights council has donated a total of $1,000 to Starfish, which provides food and necessary resources to those who are in need in Readington Township.

Schools Superintendent Leaving District

Readington Township Schools Superintendent Barbara Sargent has been hired as the new Superintendent for the Parsippany-Troy Hills school district. At press time, the Readington School District was finalizing an announcement. Sargent has been working in education for more than 30 years, and was selected unanimously out of seven candidates, according to

a Parsippany-Troy Hills School Board press release. “We congratulate Dr. Sargent on her appointment, and we are confident that her vast experience, deep knowledge of curriculum, management skills and love of education will both nurture and expand the quality of education throughout the district.” Look for details in the next issue of The Readington News.

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Humanities The Cultural Arts program in Readington Township Schools offers multiple opportunities for students to share their talents with others and exposes them to a variety of visual, auditory or performing arts. Comprised of art, music, band, orchestra, and chorus classes, the Cultural Arts program helps students develop communication and self-expression abilities, performance skills, critical thinking skills, and an appreciation of history and culture. Our students have multiple opportunities to showcase their talents through school concerts, art displays in the district, community exhibitions, and township events. Art classes provide students with an appreciation and grasp of the elements of art and the principles of design. Students explore art using different mediums and study master artists and their respective techniques. These experiences promote creativity, visual-spatial skills, and perseverance. Students in the general music program focus on obtaining mastery of rhythm, melody, harmony, and form. The instrumental music program begins in the fourth grade and concentrates on mechanics, tone, note range, articulation, and notation. Students who participate in these programs benefit from increased confidence, focus, and improved fine motor skills. Families and community members are invited to enjoy the accomplishments of our students at our Spring Concerts; the Holland Brook School Concert is on June 8. Check the school’s website for specific time information. Throughout the year, students display their work in the commu-


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Cello Duet–Joseph Kwan of Readington Township, left, and Rafael Alvarez play the cello as a duet, “Cello! It’s Me,” at the annual Devil’s Cabaret at Hunterdon Central Regional High School on Sunday, May 7. Devil’s Cabaret, a school-wide talent show featuring music, dance and comedy lasted over two hours and featured several performance acts by over a hundred students. Alvarez was one of the emcees of the event. –photo by Dominic Serrao

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Calvary Bible Church, 144 Readington Rd., is offering a free Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon July 10 - 14. All children preschool-age to entering 5th grade are invited to “Operation Arctic Adventure,” including Bible lessons, games, music, crafts, and an outdoor water slide. Learn more and register online at events/2017-vbs. For questions call 908-534-9445. See Facebook page @calvarybiblechurchnj.

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munity Garden - Daisy Troop 81143 had fun helping out at the Community Garden planting zucchini, cabbage and turnips in celebration of Earth Day. Dan Allen helped teach the girls about gardening and the importance of teamwork. The girls are working on the flower garden journey before bridging to Brownies at the end of this year, so it was a great experience for them. Pictured, from left, are Karley Harms, Allie Allorto, Kathryn Mele, Sidney Ryan, Gianna Dambach, Kelly Stevens, Paige Greenwald, Emerson Levesque and Bridget Kelliher. –submitted by Jennie Stevens

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Hunterdon Healthcare and HealthQuest of Hunterdon will host the following programs in June: - Ask the Doctor: Children and Allergies on Thursday, June 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. Mitchell Clarin, M.D., Pediatrician, Hunterdon Pediatric Associates will be guest speaker. - A focus on Women’s Health on Wednesday, June 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. - A focus on Men’s Health on Wednesday, June 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. These programs will be held at HealthQuest – Adult Lounge, 310 HealthQuest Blvd. in Flemington. To register, call 908-788-6157 or e-mail:

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Timothy J. Piazza Memorial Foundation Established

The family of the late Timothy Piazza has begun the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Timothy J. Piazza Memorial Foundation,â&#x20AC;? through a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gofundmeâ&#x20AC;? page with plans to raise $1 million. Piazza, a 19-year-old engineering student at Penn State University who grew up in Readington Township, died on Feb. 4 after falling down a set of basement stairs on Feb. 2 at the fraternity house where he was pledging. A grand jury investigation revealed he was one of 14 taking part in hazing involving exces-

sive drinking. The fraternity and 18 of its members were charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes - including hazing, aggravated assault and providing alcohol to minors. The family plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit, according to Philadelphia attorney Tom Kline. The gofundme page states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In order to fulfill Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and career goals, and in an effort to give life to his legacy, his family and friends have established a foundation in Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory to help

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Readington Triumphs in Battle of the Books

others who are in need. The Timothy J. Piazza Memorial Foundation has been established to raise money to be used to help those who are in need of prosthetic devices (in particular children) and to provide a scholarship(s) to a Hunterdon Central regional high school student(s) who embodies many of the interests and attributes that defined Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life.â&#x20AC;? The foundation also is holding a golf tournament at Fiddlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster on Aug. 15.

Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers Offers CPR Basics

Pictured are Media Specialist Stephanie Singer (forefront) and (front row, from left) Ally Ross, Viviana Montalvo, Lauren Sherman, Sara Gaudino, SarThe Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers in a guest pass to be used at the Hunterdon Health and ah Kang, Claire Downey, Michelle Engler, Vineela Ravilla, Isabelle Conklin, Whitehouse Station and Clinton will offer CPR Wellness Centers. To register for the program at the Ricky Rodriguez, (back row, from left) Jennifer Bilicska, Riley Mikaelian, Basics on Monday, June 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Clinton Emily Schneider, Andrea Larson, and Katherine Ryder.

Readington Middle School brought home the trophy from Hunterdon Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Battle of the Books tournament held at Old Turnpike School in Tewksbury on April 4. Ninety-one students from five schools competed in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament. Readington was represented by four teams, with Hermioneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Army (Vineela Ravilla, Claire Downey, Michelle Engler, and Sara Gaudino) placing first and returning the trophy to their school, where it will be on display until next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament. The Battle of the Books is a reading initiative created by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians. NJASL creates the reading lists and provides questions based on 15 books that student teams are responsible for reading. Readington Middle School has had in-school Battle of the Books competitions for the past five years and expanded into

an inter-school battle with Old Turnpike School of Tewksbury and Woodglen School in Lebanon Township two years ago. The Hunterdon County tournament has now grown to include five schools at the middle school level.


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Readington Students Become Teachers to Combat Stereotyping After a year of researching media impact as part of their capstone Passion Project, six eighth grade students in Readington Middle Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gifted and talented Quest program created a lesson plan focusing on the dangers of stereotypes and the joys of being able to define oneself. After sharing their work with their school principal Sharon Moffat, the students met with Holland Brook School fifth graders to presPanache Celebrates 35 Yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Panache Hair Salon and Day ent their lesson. The lesson began with brainSpa, 491 Route 22 East, Whitehouse Station, celebrated 35 years in business storming existing stereotypes and during March. Spa Owner Brenda Hunt (pictured front row, center) hosted first impressions. The eighth grada dinner for her team, and each team member was asked to bring a guest of ers then shared a portion of a Ted their choice. Brenda invited motivational speaker Doug Cox, and the followTalk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;multipotentialites,â&#x20AC;? ing week Doug (pictured next to Brenda) came back to Panache for a team helping their younger peers realize building day where staff members shared dreams, goals, and quite a few laughs. To contact Panache, call 908-534-4602. Visit you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to fit into one sole box or external identity. They continued by guiding the fifth graders Available by App s r u o to design a superhero who could T ointm ol ent Ov Scho combat stereotypes in general or a er The Summer specific one. Student Emily Schneider remarked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They understood more Fall 2017

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Historic House and Garden Tour June 10

The â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Biennial Historic House and Garden Tour,â&#x20AC;? cosponsored by the Tewksbury Historical Society and the Garden Club of Hunterdon Hills, takes place on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Tewksbury Township, rain or shine. The first floor of four interesting houses and the spacious property of five impeccable gardens will be open for inspection.

The houses include a stone house of the 18th century, a clapboard house of the early 19th century, a collection of converted hunting cabins and a converted church. The gardens are of varied, beautiful design with unusual flora and stunning natural surroundings. Advance tickets are $40 until June 7 and $50 on the day of the tour. Order forms are available at or

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Organic Farm Tourâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Readington Township Open Space Committee members invite residents to join them on a tour of Profeta Farms on June 10 at 10 a.m. Profeta Farms is a Certified Organic Farm located in Readington Township, at the intersection of Route 202 and Summer Road. The farm tour is sure to be interesting, featuring 350 acres under production. The farm operation has been growing more diverse over the last several years, and now produces a wide variety of vegetables, as well as beef cattle, pigs and poultry. To register for the tour, contact John Klotz at







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Jump Rope for Heart

Austin Chendak learns the ropes of Double Dutch.

Students at Three Bridges School participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser during March and raised over $10,000 for the American Heart Association. The fundraiser was coordinated by the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physical education teacher Ed Dubroski and school nurse Stephanie Armstrong. Kindergarten through third grade students joined in the fundraiser, which incorporated various jump rope activities. The kickoff program included former Three Bridges School student Johanna Beam, who dazzled the students with her superior jumping abilities. The students also learned Double Dutch courtesy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jump Rope for Life,â&#x20AC;? a Double Dutch troop led by Coach Ken Hoff from Ocean Township High School. The high school students taught Three Bridges staff and students how to jump and turn ropes.

Shannon Daley Golf Outing to Benefit Readington Residents

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suffering financial hardship due to a child battling serious illness or has special needs. The first recipient is Danny Romeo, 19, of Readington Township, who sustained an injury from a dirt bike accident and currently has paralysis mid-torso down. The second recipient is 10-month-old Blake Lindquist of Readington who was diagnosed with Infant pre-b acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The tournament entry fee is $225 per person and includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, and open bar during dinner, awards, and prizes. Individual players and foursomes are invited to play in this charity event. It will be a scramble format. Sponsorships are available ranging from coâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;sponsoring the event, sponsoring specific contests such as closest to the pin, and individual hole sponsorships starting at $100. Your name will be prominently displayed with whatever type of messaging you choose and your business will be mentioned in a program given out at the event. Also needed are auction items, raffle prizes, and door prizes. Any prizes donated will be clearly marked with the name of the donator. All donations will be listed in the program as well. If you can assist, call Paul McGill at 609-282-8513 or email For more information on the charity, see www.shannonfund. org.


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by Julia Wickman Hunterdon Central students were pushed to the limit during May following a month of intense testing. While the first two weeks of May were comprised of daily AP Testing, the last two weeks consisted of PARCC testing, making for a month filled with hard work. However, with summer right around the corner, students pushed through and are now entering the home stretch of the 2016-2017 school year. Beginning May 1, all high school students nationwide, including those at Hunterdon Central, entered the Advanced Placement (or AP for short) testing window. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit for high school AP classes, depending on their scores and the college they will be attending. Furthermore, Hunterdon Central only offers AP weighting for a student’s GPA if they take the corresponding AP test, which is a very controversial policy because each AP test costs $97. Each day, anywhere between two to five AP tests were administered at the nearby St. Magdalen’s Church in Flemington, where students were bused. Make-up AP tests were offered during the third week of May. Directly following the main AP testing period, the PARCC test began on Friday, May 12. In order to accommodate for the lon-

ger duration of the test, Central’s schedule was reorganized. For the first portion of testing, students’ schedules were reversed so that they followed a 2, 1, 4, 3 block schedule, with blocks 2 and 4 extended. During the second portion of testing, students’ schedules returned to the normal 1, 2, 3, 4 block schedule, with blocks 1 and 3 extended. There has been some degree of controversy over PARCC because of the disturbance it causes to the schedule, especially for those not taking the test itself, which is only required for certain English and math courses. As students enter June, however, the school year is coming to a wrap. Tests are certainly not done for the school year, with course-end finals coming up in June. However, June brings along several non-academic events as well- like the senior prom, graduation and senior skip days. And of course, here comes summer!

Mateo Hollain of Readington Township, a student at Readington Middle School, organized a dinner to honor local U.S. Armed Forces veterans on March 16 at the American Legion in Whitehouse Station. American Legion Post 284 members thank Mateo Hollain for a recent dinner Many of his friends from Read- he organized to honor veterans. ington Middle School helped out with the event, which included a tribute to Gene Moretti, a WWII veteran who had just celebrated his 100th birthday. Mateo runs a charity site called, and previous projects have included fundraisers for the Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Food Bank, and the annual Box Scott Krasovec Commercial/Residential City event for the homeless. 30 Years Experience Lic & Bus. Permit #11030 Whitehouse Station NJ

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Ryan P. Walsh, 17, son of Paul and Nadine Walsh of Readington, has achieved Boy Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. Ryan joined Cub Scouts in 2006 and became a member of Boy Scout Troop 186 in Three Bridges. He served in various troop and pa-

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accomplishments. Jaeger and senior Mia Blackman are currently tied for the team lead with 42 goals, and Jaeger leads the way with 48 points. Jaeger was also an IWLCA Offensive Player of the Week honoree this season. Carly Barbetta of Whitehouse Station graduated from York College of Pennsylvania on May 13. Olivia Bellek, 10th grade student at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, clinched the silver medal in Slalom at the USA Snowboard National Championships in April at Copper Mountain, CO. With this distinguished win, Olivia will get an invitation to participate in Project Gold where she will train this summer at Mount Hood with the US Olympic coaches.


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By Stephanie Stevens Historian, County of Hunterdon

Before the road was paved or even had a name, Holland Brook Road was called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the road to Kinneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saw Mill.â&#x20AC;? It was down this little road that Michael Kinney erected his saw mill c. 1778 on a tract of 63 acres of land bought from John Wyckoff for 441 lbs. English money. Michael Kinney chose his site well for Holland Brook , much deeper and faster flowing than today, raced through his original 63 acres. Mills of all kinds required fast flowing streams for power. In the 1770s forests abounded, wood was plentiful â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a good business was to be had for a saw mill. In fact business was so good that in 1800 Michael Kinney added another 129 acres to his holding. Forty five( 45) of those 129 acres were a wood lot on Cushetunk Mountain, thereby assuring Kinney of an ample supply of logs. As the only saw mill in the central part of Readington Township in that era, it is safe to say that boards used in the building of local farm houses, stables, fences, barns, wagons and furniture were the products of Kinneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saw mill. The mill shed itself sat close to the Holland Brook Road edge, with the mill race diverted

from Holland Brook flowing under the mill turning the wheel which operated the saw blade. This was a place of incredibly hard work. Just loading whole logs onto the log carriage demanded strength unknown today. Screeching blades, sawdust flying everywhere made for a work atmosphere with no idle gossip! Along with his saw mill, and sheds, Michael Kinney built other prosperous businesses, the products of which he sold out of the store on Pleasant Run known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Brookee.â&#x20AC;? Kinney was a man of many talents. Not only did he make and sell salves, farm goods, cider from his press, but his most used and enjoyed homemade product was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wiskeyâ&#x20AC;? (sic). His â&#x20AC;&#x153;still houseâ&#x20AC;? provided enough for the whole area. Considering that apples were traded for whiskey and came from as far as Potterstown, I would guess that apple whiskey AKA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Lighteningâ&#x20AC;? was the drink of the day. Rutgers University Alexander Library owns the Thompson Collection in which resides the Account Books of Michael Kinney. They are lots of fun to read so long as the purchaser of all that whiskey is not your great grandfather, and you are not sensitive to his large consumption of spirits. Records


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of who bought and how much were diligently kept. Business was done the old-fashioned way. Without cash, names along with the amount of the purchase, went into the account book. When it came time to settle up, work

could be traded for debt. For instance, Abraham Aray owed $44.19 for 8 months of purchases which he worked off in the still house, splitting shingles for the penstock, labored at the saw mill, cider press, crib house, and as a

carpenter â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the citchen.â&#x20AC;? After several days, his debt was paid. Just so you will be up to date, cost of a gallon of â&#x20AC;&#x153;wiskeyâ&#x20AC;? in 1824 was 20 cents, but then again a man was paid 75 cents for a dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labor!




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