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Hot air balloons floated over Readington Township bright and early on July 30. - Photo by John Painter

The 35th Annual QuickChek Festival of Ballooning went on as usual at Solberg Airport in Readington July 28-30 unaffected by President Donald J. Trump’s visits to his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster in late July. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representatives had agreed in mid-March to “develop and execute a good security plan� that would ensure the balloon festival would go on as planned. Festival-goers enjoyed concerts and mass ascensions of 100 spectacular hot air balloons throughout the weekend.

While the President’s visits did not affect the balloonfest, they did impact day-to-day operations at Solberg Airport, essentially closed down during presidential visits because it is within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of Trump National. More than a dozen other airports also face restrictions. Thor Solberg made national news in August stating, “Twenty percent of our annual business is affected by the president’s visits in the summertime because that’s how much of our business takes place on the weekends in the summertime.�

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continuedAll over the on The Farm atTownship, 665 US Highway 22NJ East in Serving ofsummer Readington Whitehouse Station. The website for “The Shoppes at The Farm� displays

artist renderings of the sprawling shopping center and the following description: “A blend of shops, boutiques, bistros... that embraces a creative vision Maryann Lacamara and Linda Busch as a place for families and friends to gather throughout the year. Come for are pictured in front of the Bank the unique crafts from area artisans or organically grown goods from local Street Parking Lot on Main Street, farmers at our Farmers Market. Look to The Farm for an array of dining Whitehouse Station. options, events in our banquet center.� While there were no tenants at press Two longtime residents of White- time, the website indicates that The Farm is “now leasing.� house Station have decided to see what can be done to improve the appearCertified Fitness for Special Needs, Inc. presents ance of Main Street. “We have such a lovely community, perhaps by making a series of small improvements, we could make our Main Street business district more welcoming,� Maryann Lacamara and Linda Busch wrote in a 1MI RUN/WALK message to local shopkeepers. OCTOBER 15,2017 The two have spoken to and gotten the interest of business owners, property owners and residents. They hosted a meeting recently to garner support for their idea that small changes can make a difference. They received Grab your sneakers and come join us for a new ideas from the participants, and 1-mile Fun Run followed by are forming a Beautification Committee, including Susan O’Donnell, past music, games and activities! president of the Garden Club of New Register NOW on-line at Jersey. Progress is underway. Flowers are being planted, shrubs cut, and th weeds pulled. Two local landscapers have offered to help out. One will be - Race day registration begins at 12 noon installing and maintaining a new gar)XQ5XQ67$576DW den in front of the Bank Street park*DPHVPXVLFDQGDFWLYLWLHVIURPSPSP ing area and another will upgrade and maintain the plantings in front of the $//$*(6$1'$%,/,7,(6‡  IRUPRUHLQIR Whitehouse Station Library. The committee’s goals ultimately Race Location: Pickell Park 515 Main St. include building pride, attracting new Whitehouse Station, NJ businesses to Main Street, and increasing property values. If you have sug)5((7VKLUWLI\RXUHJLVWHUE\ gestions or would like to help, contact ALL proceeds go to CFSN, INC. 501(3)c and support young the group by emailing Linda Busch at adults and children with special needs in our area *While supplies last, adults only —Submitted by Julia Allen


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Upcoming Events Movies with Mane Stream Sept. 8 Mane Stream, the equine assisted therapies organization, invites the community to view “Secretariat,� about the icon racehorse and Triple Crown winner. This fundraising event will be held outside at 7:30 p.m. at the farm on 83 Old Turnpike Road in Oldwick. Pack a picnic (no glass please) and bring chairs and blankets. Popcorn and drinks will be available for a small donation. Online tickets are available for $25 per family (up to 4 people) and $10 per person. Rain date Sept. 23. For more information and online tickets go to events or call 908-439-9636. Open Hearth Cooking Class Sept. 9 Open hearth cooking will be taught from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bouman-Stickney Farmhouse in Readington. Learn the techniques used in the 18th century to prepare a meal in the fireplace using appropriate ingredients and tools. Bring your own plates, cups and utensils to enjoy the finished results. Class fee of $60, payable to Readington Township. This class is limited to 8 students, but may be repeated at a later date if there are more people interested. To register, call Program Director Margaret Smith at 908-236-2327 or email at

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Pickling Demo Sept. 10 Food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted will demonstrate colonial pickling methods from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead in the Stanton section of Readington (GPS address: 114 Dreahook Rd., Lebanon.) This presentation includes drying, potting and more. For more information visit www.readingtontwp. org/ReadingtonMuseums.html or call Program Director Margaret Smith at 908-236-2327. or call 908- person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more info call 908-534-6230. 534-1961 for details.

Roast Beef Dinner Sept. 16 The Readington Reformed Church, 124 Readington Rd., will host the Annual Family-Style Roast Beef Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. (3 seatings on the hour.) Adult tickets are $17, children 6-12, $6, and children 5 and under, free. Advance tickets are highly recommended for sit-down or take-out meals. Call Pat 908- 526-8572 to order tickets by Sept. 13. ActiviWCTT Luncheon Sept. 12 ties include a quilt show, crafters, The Woman’s Club of Tewks- and bake sale. Shops open at 2 bury Township opens the 2017-18 p.m. Proceeds benefit the preserseason with its Welcome Back vation of the church. Luncheon at the Oldwick Manor behind the firehouse in OldOpen Space Hike wick. Coffee will be served at 9 Sept. 17 a.m., and Anne Diamente, club Hike on Readington’s Pleasant president, will begin the meet- Run Greenway. The preserve ing at 9:30. Reservations at $25 contains blazed and mapped for members and $15 for guests trails from Readington Road to are required and can be made by Summer Road (where the trail calling 908-509-1855. The club is connects with the Lazy Brook open to any woman 18 years of Greenway trails, currently unage or older, residing in Tewks- der development, and Summer bury or the surrounding area. Road Park. Meet at 1 p.m. at Visit www.tewksburywoman- the intersection of Pleasant Run for further information. and Hoagland Road. Park on Hoagland. The trailhead is across Fitness Studio Open House Pleasant Run in the wooded area. Sept. 15, 16, 17 Your dog on a leash is welcome. Healthy U Fitness and Certified The group will walk about three Fitness for Special Needs, 422 miles, over level and gently slopRoute 22 West in Whitehouse ing terrain. To sign up, or for Station, will host an open house questions, contact John Klotz at from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days. The general public is welcome. Classes will be free and Elvis Tribute Sept. 23 will range from a general Cardio Elvis Presley tribute artist Jim and Strength class to Pilates Re- Barone brings his performance formers, Barre, Spin, TRX, Yoga, to the Polish American Citizens Seniors, and Seniors Balance. Club, 29 Kline Blvd., Whitehouse Visit, Station. Dinner and show $35 per

JCC Open House Sept. 24 The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), 775 Talamini Rd. in Bridgewater, will be holding a Membership, Preschool, Summer Camp and After School Program Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is invited to attend. Staff will be providing tours of the JCC, and special one-day savings will be offered. Call 908725-6994 x9018 for details. Hay Day Sept. 30 The Whitehouse Rescue Squad will host a new fundraising event called Hay Day at the Readington River Farm off Route 523 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.. Family activities and an Antiques and Collectibles Fair will be featured. A $5 parking donation is admission to the event. Details are available at Art Show and Sale Sept. 30 The 26th Tewksbury Juried Art Exhibition will take place Sept. 30 - Oct. 7 at Zion Lutheran Church, Christian Education Center, Oldwick. An Opening Reception will be held Friday evening, Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m. Advance tickets at $25 can be purchased at; tickets at the door are $30. Call 908-832-6734.

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in their classes during the school day and they will have the option of taking them home to complete homework assignments. Devices left at the school overnight will be connected to charging stations. The Chromebooks were selected because of their long battery life, their rapid startup times and their ability to integrate smoothly into the Google Docs environment used in many classrooms. With all of these changes, the goal of the district remains the same, to provide the thorough and efficient education to the children of Readington, to challenge them to become the best they can be, and to offer our teachers the tools they need in the areas of technology and professional development. It’s going to be an exciting and positive year for everyone in our school community. We hope you’ll follow our progress through these monthly updates The Readington News is so gracious to include.

Whether there are school-aged children in your home or not, September and the start of a new school year impacts most of us. The Readington School District has a number of changes in place for students this year that we’re excited to share. An Interim Superintendent has been appointed. Dr. William DeFabiis has been selected by the Board of Education as the Chief School Administrator while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement for Dr. Barbara Sargent. In addition the board has approved the appointment of Jason Bohm as the new Business Administrator and Board Secretary. Both DeFabiis and Bohm have robust backgrounds in their respective positions and are viewed as strong contributors to the continued success of our district. Students will be treated to a few exciting changes in curricuISSHINRYU lum and non-curriculum offerings. The areas of Gifted & Talented programs and the Enrichment programs are being revisited to better serve varied learning experiences. The number and scope of enrichment programs at the middle school will be expanded as additional teachers are encouraged to participate. The successful implementation of a 1:1 initiative involving provid- New Student Introductory Special ing Chromebooks to 6th Graders 2 Months of Classes & Uniform ~ $99 at RMS will be expanded this year Classes for children, teens and adults to include all of the students at the middle school. Students will Lebanon Plaza, Route 22, be able to use the Chromebooks Lebanon, NJ 08833

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The Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management, Hunterdon Pediatric Associates and the DeerPath YMCA are offering, “Weigh to Go,” a 4-week weight management program for kids ages 7 to 14. Weigh to Go will be held Wednesdays beginning Sept. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will discuss nutrition from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and an exercise class will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The program will meet at the Deer Path Park YMCA, 144 Woodschurch Rd. The program is free and includes a free 2-month membership to the YMCA. The program is being offered free for September because of the support of the Hunterdon & Mercer County Regional Pictured are retiring staff members (from left) Cynthia Dennis, Dianna Chronic Disease Coalition. Barkman, Jeanne Rutledge, Marie Potenta, Patricia Loughlin, Beverly Lax Weigh to Go will promote changes in and Cynthia Fillebrown. (Not pictured: Steffi-Jo DeCasas) food habits, exercise and self-esteem. It is Eight retiring staff members from istrator/Board Secretary; Cynthia a non-diet approach to weight loss with the Readington Township School Dennis, Whitehouse School Grade 2 emphasis on making changes now that District were honored at a district Teacher; Cynthia Fillebrown, Three can be sustained long term. A qualified reception and Board of Education Bridges School Speech Language member of the YMCA staff will provide meeting on May 23, as well as at the Specialist; Beverly Lax, Three supervision and guidance throughout district’s annual “Spring Fling” din- Bridges School Intervention Teach- the strength training and cardio-vascular ner on May 11. er; Patricia Loughlin, Readington components of the program. Pre-registration is required and a parThe district extends best wishes Middle School Guidance Counselor; to the following staff members: Di- Marie Potenta, Whitehouse School ent must attend with their child. To anna Barkman, Readington Middle Speech Language Specialist; and register, call the Center for Nutrition School Special Education Teacher; Jeanne Rutledge, Holland Brook and Diabetes Management at 908-2376920. Steffi-Jo DeCasas, Business Admin- School Special Education Teacher.

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Whitehouse United Methodist Church to Celebrate 150th Anniversary

Pictured is the freshly painted 150-year-old church.

By Tom Davitt

The Whitehouse United Methodist Church received a fresh coat of paint over the summer in preparation for the upcoming celebration of its 150th anniversary in December. The church, located on Old Highway 28 in Whitehouse, was dedicated on Dec. 26, 1867. It was designed by the architect John Cole, who also built churches in Oldwick, North Branch, and elsewhere in Readington. The present

48th School Year for Preschool

As the Whitehouse United Methodist Church gears up to celebrate its 150th anniversary, The Preschool of Whitehouse United Methodist Church gears up for its 48th school year. The Preschool opened its doors in 1969 after construction of the Education Wing was completed. The Preschool has educated many of Readington’s youngest residents since. “It’s fun to provide a school visit to parents who are Preschool alumni,” said Director Chris Scheick. “They share their positive preschool memories with their own children during the visit. Then, we create positive memories for their children and growing families. I’ve even met a few families that grandparents are alumni.” The Preschool offers five morning classes – Little Sprouts (2 ½’s / two days per week); Little Rangers (3’s /three or five days per week); Pre-K Investigators (4’s /three days per week); or Pre-K Explorers (4’s / five days per week). Extended day options such as Early Risers, Lunch Bunch, and a Pre-K+ enrichment class are also available. Details can be found at Space is available in all classes for September. Schedule a school visit by contacting or 908-534-6333.

church building replaced an earlier church, which was a modest structure located near the cemetery between Old Highway 28 and Rt. 22, across from Lamington Road. The new church was built where it is, away from the cemetery, in order to be closer to the “center of the town,” which was then called Mechanicsville. The total cost to build the church, including the land, was $13,000.

More details about the church’s history can be found at www. To celebrate the 150th anniversary, former pastors of the church will be coming back as guest preachers at the 10 a.m. service on the second Sunday of each month, from October to January. The theme of the series will be “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” The former pastors will speak about their time at the Whitehouse UMC and recall the events that shaped their lives while serving there. A reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the service. Pastor Shawn Callendar Hogan (pastor from 1999 - 2008) will be the first guest preacher in the series on Sunday, Oct. 8. Former pastors Rev. Dr. Lee Van Rensburg (1985 – 1992) and Rev. Dr. Carter Smith (1995 – 1999) will be visiting in November and December. All are welcome to attend. For any questions, please call the church office at 908-534-2064, or visit the church website at www.

Certified Fitness for Special Needs 2nd Annual Fun Run/ Walk Oct. 15

Certified Fitness for Special Needs Inc. (CFSN), a 501 (c) 3 Subsidiary of Healthy U Fitness, presents its Second Annual Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Pickell Park on Mountain Road in Whitehouse Station. Registration fee ranges from $5 - $30. Activities begin at noon and the Run/Walk begins at 12:30 p.m. followed by music, games, and contests. Volunteers are needed to assist with many areas of this event including parking attendants, backyard games, and registration. Vendors and exhibitors of all kinds are welcome to participate with no fees. Sponsors for the event are also sought along with participants to run or walk. Early registrants will receive a free event T-shirt. The charity was started in 2012 by Healthy U Fitness owner Janet Rollero. With over 20 years of Personal Training experi-

ence, Janet holds certifications in ACE, AEA, Arthritis Foundation, IDEA and Water Art Fitness International (a Master Trainer, training and certifying new instructors.) CFSN develops customized fitness programs for clients who have physical restrictions and various conditions such as autism, ADHD, seizure and sensory processing disorders, diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, stroke, scoliosis, cerebral palsey, multiple sclerosis, and Gullian Barre syndrome. An inclusive environment is provided for young and older adults. Monies raised will help to purchase adaptive exercise equipment and expand existing space, designated specifically for CFSN. Healthy U Fitness Studio and CFSN are located at 422 Route 22 West in Whitehouse Station. Stop by the studio or visit www. or Call 908-534-1961.

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The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg will kick off its 2017-2018 season in September with performances by a Scottish folk band and a two-day music festival. North Sea Gas will lead off the Theatre’s CLUB 28 series Thursday, Sept. 14, with shows at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. One of Scotland’s most popular folk bands, North Sea Gas features terrific vocals and tremendous three-part harmonies. The singers’ performances consist of traditional, contemporary and original material arranged in a style that’s all their own. Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhráns, banjo—and a keen sense of humor— are all part of the entertainment. With an ever-growing fan base of all ages, “Gas” offers shows with universal appeal. Tickets cost $15 each and both performances feature general admission seating. The 1 p.m. performance is set in on-stage, theatrestyle seating and is approximately one hour in length. The evening show, in a relaxed, on-stage cabaret setting, includes refreshments and is approximately two hours long. The musical month will continue with a two-day treat, Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23. The weekend’s first event, Songwriters-in-the Round, will be held on Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

For 12 years Aiken & Friends Fest has been coastal Virginia’s premier music festival featuring national, regional and local artists and songwriters performing original music. RVCCArts is offering a “North Branch” of Virginia’s beloved festival, with Mike Aiken and two guests performing their original works and talking about their writing and what inspires them. Tickets to the special evening, with reserved seating, cost $20 each. The weekend will continue Saturday, Sept. 23, at noon, with three, 60-minute workshops in guitar, songwriting and indie music promotion. Workshops tickets cost $10 each. That afternoon, from 2-6 p.m., the public is invited to a free outdoor concert on the RVCC quad. Four artists will perform 45-60 minute sets, and local musicians are invited to share their strumming in a “pickers’ tent.” Food will be available throughout the afternoon, and local arts and craft vendors will be on hand. The festival will include a number of open microphone opportunities, and the winners will be invited to perform as opening acts for the Saturday night concert. Visit for additional information. The weekend will conclude with a performance of Tall Tales & Troubadours with the Mike Aiken Band, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m., at the Theatre at RVCC. The concert will feature reserved

seating and tickets cost $20 each. A $30 weekend pass includes both evening performances and the purchaser’s choice of one workshop. A singer/songwriter known for his signature blend of Americana and country music, Mike Aiken is a teller of tales whose music makes audiences feel like they instantly know him. With five top-30 singles over the past four years in the U.S. and Europe, Aiken offers songs that are rich with stories of life, love and wanderlust. To purchase tickets for any of September’s offerings at the Theatre, call the Box Office, 908725-3420, or order online at www. Subscribers’ packages are available for most Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.

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Brownie Blankets–Girl Scout Brownie Troop #80568 (pictured)

used a portion of their Girl Scout cookie sale profits to buy material and make blankets to donate to St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter in Branchburg. Standing, from left, are Erica Friedhoff , Sadie Doyle, Angelina Tenore, and, seated, Chloe Katsempris, Isabelle Prior, Yesim Gokmen, and Riley Muir. (Not pictured: Molly Pescatore) –Submitted by Kristen Doyle, leader, and Lynnea Muir, co-leader

Mane Stream Seeks Tack Sale Items

Mane Stream (adaptive horsemanship and equine assisted therapies) is seeking donations of new and gently used tack or horse related items for its Fall Tack Sale to be held on Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations can be dropped off at the stable at 83 Old Turnpike Rd., Oldwick, during office hours. Contact Holland Kochanski at The Hunterdon County Depart-, 908-439- 9636 or visit

ment of Parks and Recreation and the Hunterdon Flutterwheels Square Dance Club invite teens and active adults to attend a square dance Open House on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Echo Hill Park Lodge, 43 Lilac Dr., Clinton Township (use Flemington 08822 in GPS). Admission is $3, dress is casual, and no experience is necessary. For those who are interested in continuing on with the activity, organized classes will start Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Echo Hill Park. Information and/or directions are available from Jean and Jeff at 214-724-2506, or Rich and Mary at 908-231-1194. Visit HunterdonFlutterwheels.nnjsda. org or facebook. com/ HunterdonFlutterwheels.




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Pearls of Wisdom Banquet Sept. 22

Good News Home for Women is hosting its 21st annual fundraising banquet “Pearls of Wisdom� at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal in Princeton celebrating 30 years of service on Friday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will feature food, music by Rocky and His Friends, dancing, and a tricky tray. Good News Home is a residential rehabilitation program for women with chemical dependencies. The home offers a holistic faith-based treatment program for women 18 years of age and older who want to break free from the vicious cycle of addiction and recover from the devastating effects addiction has had on their lives. Services are offered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, or the ability to pay. Contact Robin Jackson, organizer, at 908-806-7913 x 326 or or register at https:// Tickets are $100 each and $85 for seniors.

Hay Day at Readington River Buffalo Farm Sept. 30

The Whitehouse Rescue Squad’s “Hay Day at the Readington Buffalo Farm� will be held on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. This fundraiser will feature burgers, popcorn, Italian Ices, pizza, chicken and vegetarian dishes. Bands will be playing, including music inside the old-fashioned Red River Saloon area. The kids will enjoy face painting, pony rides and 4-H exhibits by the Hunterdon County farm animal club. There will be antique, art, and craft sales and exhibitors staged throughout the farm. Wagon tours through the buffalo pastures will be available, with an option to visit the pumpkin patch or corn maze. Additional art, crafts and antiques vendors are invited to join in the festivities. Contact for info.

Knight Scholarships–The Fourth Annual Knights of Columbus Collegiate Scholarship awards were presented to Brendan Raiman, Victoria Destefano, Hunter Forestiere and Maggie Powick, pictured with William Murphy, on May 28. The scholarship is offered to active members of Our Lady of Lourdes who will be, or are, attending college or technical school. It is based on the student’s involvement in church and community activities, and their commitment to charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Each student received a scholarship of $1000. The funds for the scholarship were raised from the generosity of OLL parishioners and from the profits earned during council events including the Comedy Night, Valentine’s Dinner Dance, Corned Beef Dinner, Golf Outing and Mother’s Day Breakfast. –Submitted by Norman Diegnan

Readington Baseball Players Win Mike Martino Jr. Scholarship

Three graduating seniors from Hunterdon Central Regional High School’s baseball team Brian Adams, Kevin Johnson and Ryan Koep, all of Readington Township, received the Mike Martino Jr. Scholarship, given by the Readington Tewksbury Junior Baseball League (RTJBL) in late May. The Martino scholarship honors the memory of an RTJBL coach who was responsible for building Field B at the league complex on Railroad Avenue in Whitehouse Station. Adams will attend Syracuse University in September, while Johnson will attend the University of Scranton, and Koep will attend Rowan University. All three hope to continue their baseball careers in college. The trio were part of the 2017 Hunterdon Central team that made a return trip to the state Group 4 championship game this year, losing 10-5 in the final game against Millburn, finishing the season with a 25-6 record. As juniors, the players won the Group 4 state championship. —Submitted by Christopher E. Allen for RTJBL

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man-Stickney Farmstead, which will be used during the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living history programs. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. Troop 1969 meets at the Stanton Reformed Church in Stanton. For more information on the troop, contact Scoutmaster Bill Wallace at â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Submitted by Claire Fox

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Derek Scott of Readington received his Eagle Rank on June 4 at a ceremony at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead in Stanton. For his Eagle Scout project, Derek designed and built a functioning smokehouse for the museum. The smokehouse was styled to fit in with the 1741 stone house and pre-1820s barn that are on the property. The project included a cedar-sided smokehouse and a masonry firebox, both of which sit on concrete foundations. The smokehouse will function to cold smoke meats, which is how meats were flavored and preserved before refrigeration. The museum will use the smokehouse during living history programs and will be able to further demonstrate daily life in the 18th century by showing how people would have prepared meats. More than 500 hours of labor went into the project. Derekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fam-

ily, friends, fellow scouts and troop leaders assisted with the construction, which started in June of 2016 and was completed in November 2016. This project would not have been possible without donations from Readington Museums, Huston Lumber & Supply Co., DeMarco Brothers Inc. and Loweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Improvement. Derek is a scout with Troop 1969, which meets at the Stanton Reformed Church. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. Derek recently graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School and will be studying Mechanical Engineering at Stevenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute of Technology this fall. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Submitted by Claire Fox

Pictured are Troop 1969 Committee Chair and Eagle Advisor Howard Hoe, Readington Museums Committee Co-Chair Mario Orlandi, Derek Scott, and Margaret Smith, Program Director of Readington Museums.



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Readington Township residents and Holly Trail members Donna Morris, left, and Kathleen Bernhardt make hand-crafted pottery holly leaf ornaments to be given to each Friday night Candlelight-Champagne Tour participant.

Stanton Holly Trail will present the 56th annual Christmas House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 2. The theme for 2017 is “Christmas in the Country.” The tour is the longest running house tour in New Jersey. Featuring five homes spectacularly decorated for Christmas, the tour is the kick-off to the holi-

day season for many patrons. In addition to the tour homes there is a decorated home where complimentary tea and cookies are served, as well as a candy house featuring delectable treats for sale. The house selection committee works hard to choose homes that encompass a range of architectural styles so that patrons will enjoy variety within the tour. Once chosen, each home is assigned a committee which spends a busy summer and fall planning and creating decorations specific to that house. Luncheon is served at the Stanton Reform Church throughout the day. Also at the church is a Christmas Bazaar and live music. There are two ways to enjoy the tour. Friday evening is the Candle Light Champagne Tour. Patrons of this event are treated to dinner at Stanton Ridge Country Club followed by the tour on luxury buses. Patrons of the Candle Light tour do not have to wait for buses to come around. You are assigned a bus and a guide and they wait until all passengers on the bus have completed viewing the home be-

fore moving on to the next home. Each tour goer will be given a hand-made pottery holly leaf ornament. The evening begins at 5 p.m. Tickets for the Candle Light Champagne Tour are $150. Saturday is the traditional Stanton Holly Trail Tour. Tickets are timed with the first buses leaving Round Valley Recreation Area at 8:15 a.m. Patrons of the Saturday Tour can enjoy luncheon at the Stanton Reformed Church at an additional cost as well as complimentary tea and cookies. Tickets for the Saturday tour are $40 each and luncheon tickets are $15 each. All money raised is divided

equally between Briteside Adult Day Center and Stanton Reformed Church outreach. Briteside offers older adults in need of some supervision a comfortable, safe, home-like environment. Stanton Holly Trail’s donation last year of $18,000 helped Briteside maintain the facility and provide enriching programs for clients. Stanton Reformed Church outreach supports many charities. Tickets for the 2017 Stanton Holly Trail can be purchased at www. or by calling 908-713-8111. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are not available on tour day.

Readington Newsmakers Olivia Elizabeth Kaiser of Three Bridges was named to the President’s List for the spring semester at Clemson University. Kirsten T. Scalera of Whitehouse Station received a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering, cum laude, from Clemson University during spring commencement ceremonies. Alexandra Maravic of Whitehouse Station was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Fairfield University. Emma Talis of Whitehouse Station was named the to spring Dean’s List at Marist College. Laura Van Schaik of Whitehouse Station received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Albright College during spring commencement ceremonies. The following Readington Township residents were named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Quinnipiac University: Maria Pansari, Morgan Staples, and Christopher Tillson.

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Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) welcomed members of the Rutgers 4-H Youth Development Program to Washington for the 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference. Participants included, front row, from left: Noah Rothenburger of Neshanic Station, Kristen Briney of Chester, Melanie Quick of Flemington, Kate Gallagher of Bridgewater, Lily Santo of Three Bridges and Parris Johnson of Dover. Back row: Mercy Stehlin of Flemington, Maggie Sell of Glen Gardener, Teresa Buzzoni of Hillsborough and Joe Coppola of Flemington. Participants attended workshops, congressional committee hearings, visited landmarks and other activities to give them a hands-on experience in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital. For more information about the New Jersey 4-H Program visit the 4-H website at

Readington Community Theatre Casts â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Flew Over the Cuckooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nestâ&#x20AC;? Readington Community Theatre has successfully cast its fall production, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Flew Over the Cuckooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest,â&#x20AC;? to be presented Nov. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at the Polish American Club Theatre on Kline Boulevard in Whitehouse Station. For tickets or information, go to or call 908-534-1557. Cast as the patients are: Chief Bromden - Terry Mayfield; Dale Harding - John Kunka; Billy Bibbit - Matt Patalona; Scanlon - Dennis Johnson; Charles Cheswick - Dan Mazelis;

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Whitehouse Station Oct. 2 - 26, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. Registration and credit card payment is available online at Test kits will also be available in the evening on Oct. 10 and 17 at the Municipal Building Lobby 5 - 8 p.m. and at the Three Bridges Library 5 - 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 11 and 18. All samples must be dropped off at the Municipal Building on Monday, Oct. 23; Wednesday, Oct. 25, or Friday, Oct. 27 between 6:30 and 9 a.m. Test results will be available about two weeks later. Raritan Headwaters offers a â&#x20AC;&#x153;basic kitâ&#x20AC;? for coliform bacteria and nitrate for $60. Basic test purchasers may also select from additional contaminant tests at additional fees. Staff members at RHA are available to advise citizens who are uncertain about which tests to order and to review individual results after testing is complete. More information on



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The year was 1912, the area was White House Station, a tiny village surrounding the Railroad Station. Like a hole in the donut, White House Station was completely surrounded by large lots of open farmland. European immigrants, seeking a better life, had been flooding the city of New York where the lowest paying jobs along with ghetto housing were available. All of that, poor as it was, was better than life in Europe where no advancement existed. At least America offered a chance of self improvement. Realizing that most of the hard working immigrants had been farmers in Europe and their eventual goal was to own a piece of land in these United States, Benjamin Kline, President of Kline Realty and Improvement Co., New York, saw opportunity out here in White House Station and started to buy farms. Since hundreds of acres

in the area were owned by James Pidcock, local developer and instigator of all progressive ventures (railroad, big wheels for Georgia swamps etc.) a deal was made to purchase land from Pidcock. Thus, during March 1912 Kline Realty purchased 856 acres from Pidcock Realty for the grand sum of $55 per acre! Continuing on, Kline bought 940 acres from Pidcock. And so the sales went until Kline Realty owned over 2000 acres of land in White House Station. By 1913, local surveyor, Grant Davis, had drawn up a map of Klineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land - all subdivided into lots of between ½ acre to 35 acres, with the ½ acre lots located on Main Street, between Kline Boulevard and Pulaski Road all the

way down the length of the railroad to the area near Coddington Road. The whole project was picturesquely known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Jersey Fruit and Farm Colony, Eastâ&#x20AC;? and was bounded by Main Street, Pulaski Road, Kosciusko, Coddington and Readington Roads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Jersey Fruit and Farm Colony, Westâ&#x20AC;? was comprised of lots the length of Mountain Road to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Easton Turnpikeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rt. 22; lands all along the railroad down to the South Branch, Rockaway River, which today is Lake Cushetunk development. That was an era sans planning boards, well tests, lot circles, set back lines, percolation tests - in a word, the owner could subdivide any way he wished, without a myriad of regula-

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The fifth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies Night Out, Basket Bingo Fundraiserâ&#x20AC;? to raise funds for the Kevin Gilbert Scholarship Fund will be held on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at The Commons at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $40 per per-

son by Sept. 22 and $45 at the door (or paid for after Sept. 22.) Ticket includes 16 games, door prizes, dinner and beverage. Prizes include Vera Bradley items, NY Giants tickets, dining gift cards, golf packages, and spa experiences. Send check payable to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kevin Gilbert Scholarship Fundâ&#x20AC;? to

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