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November 2017


Readington News A Community Newspaper

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Whitehouse World War II Veteran Honored


ously damaged by a German radiocontrolled glider bomb. Piercing an armored turret and three decks, the bomb exploded in an ammunition handling room, resulting in the loss of 200 lives. West modestly concluded by saying that those who truly deserved to be honored were the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. He accepted the quilt in their honor. The Quilts of Valor ® Foundation (QOVF) is dedicated to honoring veterans and current service members touched by war with comforting quilts. Through the involvement of quilters all over the country, the QOVF has donated more than 169,000 quilts. The Hunterdon County Quilting Guild is proud to be involved in this endeavor. To find out more about the QOVF or the Hunterdon County Quilting Guild, visit and

General Election Day is Nov. 7

New Jersey voters will elect a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor and members of the Senate and General Assemby in the Nov. 7 General Election. Vying for Governor and Lieutenant Governor on the Democratic slate are Philip Murphy and Sheila Oliver. On the Republican slate are Kim Guadagno and Carlos A. Rendo. Republican Christopher “Kip” Bateman is seeking re-election to the Senate and is opposed by Democrat Laurie Poppe. Seeking two Assembly seats are Democrats Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman and Republicans Donna M. Simon and Mark Caliguire. Locally, three candidates are seeking two seats on the Readington Township Committee. Republicans are John Albanese and Jonathan Heller, and the lone Democrat is Alan L. Harwick. The winners

will serve three-year terms. Running for one three-year term on the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders are Democrat Paige Livingston, Republican Shaun C. Van Doren, and Libertarian Daniel Heitkamp. In the school election, Ray Egbert is seeking a three-year term on the Readington Township Board of Education. No nominations have been made for the remaining two seats. In the county school election, Readington Township voters will choose between Lisa Hughes and Joanne Brams for one three-year term for Hunterdon Central Regional High School. A sample ballot, including voter questions, is posted at http://www. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Pictured are Hunterdon County Quilting Guild members Eileen Porretta (left,) Kay Maguire (right) and Robert West (center), wrapped in the Quilt of Valor.

By Arminda Barbone Robert West, a resident of Whitehouse and veteran of World War II, was presented with a Quilt of Valor by the Hunterdon County Quilting Guild on Sept. 22. West was a crew member of the USS Sa-

vannah (CL-42), a ship that among other operations, supported Allied landings on Sicily and at Salerno, Italy. He recounted the harrowing experience of 74 years ago, on Sept. 11, 1943, when, off the coast of Salerno, the Savannah was seri-

All Smiles at Certified Fitness for Special Needs Event

Event participants are pictured at Pickell Park. - Submitted by Janet Rollero

Certified Fitness for Special Needs (CFSN) completed the Second Annual Family Fun Run/ Walk fundraising event on Sunday, Oct. 15 – a beautiful, cool fall day. Readington Mayor Ben Smith and

Township Committee member Betty Ann Fort handed out medals to the participants at the finish line and enjoyed watching attendees explore the newly built playground in Pickell Park afterwards.

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Certified Fitness for Special Needs is a subsidiary of Healthy U Fitness Studio located at 422 Route 22 West in Whitehouse Station. Certified Fitness provides fitness training for youth and adults with disabilities and special needs. Located within Pickell Park, 515 Main St., Whitehouse Station, is an asphalt trail where the attendees with wheelchairs and walkers were able to complete the one-mile journey. Along with other families of runners, the last finisher to receive a medal was a disabled 53-year-old woman with special needs from our local community. This was her second event and she was greeted with cheer and admiration from other attendees. For further information regarding CFSN see or call 908-923-4094. For information on Pickell Park amenities call 908534-9752.

RCT Presents “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be presented by Readington Community Theatre at the Polish American Club Theatre on Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. A play in two acts by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey, this story was adapted into a Broadway play in 1963 and into a 1975 film which won five Academy Awards. Tickets are available online at or by calling 908-534-1557.

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Editors/Publishers: Monita Casey Haduch, Bill Haduch Advertising Manager: Karen C. Muller Contributors: Lisa O’Donoghue & Susan Torsilieri Mailing Services: Mike Sanchez Art: Kevin Gora, Megan Moore Layout Services: Steve Skladany The Readington News is mailed monthly, free-of-charge to every mailing address in Readington Township. Free copies are also available for distribution in places of business, schools, and municipal offices. DEADLINES FOR NEXT ISSUE December 2017

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Upcoming Events Craft Fair Nov. 4 Readington Reformed Church Women’s Ministries hosts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 124 Readington Rd. Original crafts, knitted items, jewelry, wood crafts, and quilted items. The event also includes food items, a bake sale, tricky tray and a lunch counter featuring homemade soups and sandwiches. Call 908534-2077 for further details. Roast Beef Dinner Nov. 4 Three Bridges Volunteer Fire Co., 467 Main St., Three Bridges, will host from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for children, and no cost for age 5 and under. For further details contact Mabel at 908-782-2447. WCTT Meeting Nov. 7 Club member Carol Ann Hontz international author, lecturer and teacher will be the guest speaker at the Woman’s Club of Tewksbury Township meeting at the Oldwick Manor, behind the firehouse in Oldwick. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. Guests are welcome. For meeting reservations call 908509-1855; for information about club activities visit Weight Loss Surgery Seminars Nov. 8 & 28 The Center for Advanced Weight Loss will be holding an informational seminar on weight loss surgery Nov. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hunterdon Medical Center. An informational seminar also will be held in Somerset County at the Bridgewater Medical Office Building, 1121 US Hwy 22 West

place of fine handmade crafts and or for questions and instructions, art. The yearly event celebrates contact John Klotz at jwklotz@ the creative spirit and supports the BWC’s charitable donations and student achievement awards fund. Refreshments, door prizes, Holiday Craft Show and a bake sale will be featured. Nov. 11 & 12 Whitehouse Fire Company will Free parking and admission. Call host from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ad- 908-866-1824 for information. mission is $1 donation to the fireOpen Space Hike Nov. 19 house. The handmade items of 50 crafters will be featured along Hike to the top of Cushetunk High school seniors interested with a tricky tray auction and re- Mountain from Pickell Park. The freshments for purchase. Exhibit rewards for a strenuous 450-foot in learning more about Raritan programs are provided to all who climb up the steep mountain side Valley Community College’s attend and include all crafters is a terrific view Readington to (RVCC) Honors College are inparticipating, their craft descrip- the east and Round Valley Res- vited to attend an Information Sestion and businesses supporting ervoir to the west, impressive sion Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Atrium woods and possible bald eagle at the Branchburg campus. Stuthe fundraiser. sightings. Kids love this hike. dents in the top 20 percent of their Those who are not up to the ex- high school class who possess an Basket Auction Nov. 17 The Lebanon Borough School ertion of the full climb can enjoy unweighted grade point average of PTA will host the event at the a pleasant guided circuit walk in 3.5 or higher, or have a cumulative Lebanon Borough School, 6 Ma- the woods and fields at the base SAT score of 1100 or higher, are ple St., Lebanon. Doors open at of the hill. The hike time will be encouraged to attend. To register 6:45 p.m. The first drawing will approximately two hours. Meet at visit be at 7:30, and the event ends at 1 p.m. at the Pickell Park parking 9:30. The fundraiser will feature lot off Mountain Road. To sign up, nearly 100 baskets, and refreshments will be served. Entry fee Fall Registrations W is $20 and includes one sheet of elcome tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased at the event. Attendees must be 18 years old and over. If Schedule A your business would like to support the auction contact KathleenSchool Visit or call 908328-1342. Today! in Bridgewater, Nov. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. This is a free informational seminar, but registration is required. Call 908-735-3912.

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Craft Show & Sale Nov. 18 The 30th Annual Branchburg Woman’s Club’s Craft Show and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Branchburg Central Middle School, on Baird Road in Branchburg. Two big rooms will be transformed into a market-

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Kicking off the effort to beautify Main Street in Whitehouse Station, Steve Yurgel of Pinebrook Nursery/ Landscaping has donated his professional help and the services of his company to restore and replant the gardens in front of the Whitehouse Station Library. The company has agreed to adopt the gardens and will continue work in the spring, adding plantings and maintaining them. Maryann Lacamera of the newly formed Beautification Committee said the group is thankful for the generous donation of materials and labor. “Pinebrook is demonstrating the true meaning of community. This is an important first step in the realization of our goal of creating a welcoming appearance for the village of Whitehouse Station.” Improvements to the entrance to the Bank Street Parking lot are planned with Matt Holloway of Hidden Hollow Landscaping, also of Whitehouse Station, taking the lead. Anyone who would like to join in the efforts of the Beautification Committee may contact Linda Busch at


Readington Student Achievement Surpassing State Norms By Stacey Brown, Supervisor of Humanities, and Sarah Pauch, Supervisor of Math, Science, and Technology The Readington Board of Education reviewed 2016-17 student assessment results during the Sept. 26 public meeting. District supervisors provided data from the spring administration of the PARCC assessments, Running Records, Mathematics test results, NJ ASK Science, and special education learning results. While each assessment measures different components of our students’ academic growth, the overall news is that Readington students are achieving at high levels and surpassing state norms. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test is an online test that matches the rigorous content and skills outlined in the new core standards that are guiding

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instruction. These tests measure more complex, real-world skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem-solving. The PARCC uses five performance levels that delineate the knowledge, skills, and practices students are able to demonstrate, with Levels 4 and 5 considered to be passing: Level 1 – Did not meet expectations; Level 2 – Partially met expectations; Level 3 – Approached expectations; Level 4 – Met expectations; Level 5 – Exceeded expectations. With more than 97% of our students taking the PARCC assessment, the test results for English Language Arts show that Readington students outperformed their peers at the state level at every grade level by as much as 24 percentage points. Students in grade 4, 7 and 8 did exceptionally well, with 77% or more achieving a Level 4 or 5 on the assessment. In Mathematics, Readington students outperformed their peers at the state level in all but one grade level. Many of our 7th and 8th graders are enrolled in Alge-

bra I and Algebra II and, therefore, took the PARCC assessment for Algebra I or Algebra II. In Algebra I, 92% of our Readington students achieved a Level 4 or 5. In Algebra II, 97% of our Readington students achieved a Level 4 or 5 and no student scored at Level 1 or 2. These are outstanding results for our students and for the dedicated teachers who work with them every day. Our other assessment results show equally strong performance among Readington students. Running record information which measures students’ reading levels indicates most of our students are reading at or above their grade level benchmarks. Literacy intervention programs are in place for those needing support, and we have been successful in meeting these children’s needs and lifting their levels of fluency and comprehension. Math end-of-year data shows equally strong performance across grade levels in such areas as Counting and Cardinality, Numbers and Operations, Alge-

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braic Thinking, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. Intervention support is in place for students needing remediation and practice in specific skills and concepts. Finally, Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) assessments are administered to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities for whom general state assessments are not appropriate. DLM assessments offer these students a way to show what they know and can do in mathematics, English language arts, and science. Results from DLM assessments support interpretations about what students know and can do. The Readington community can be proud of the high achievement levels demonstrated by our students. Through a combination of smart, dedicated teachers and ambitious, hard-working students, there isn’t anything we cannot achieve. A full presentation of the district’s assessment results for 2016-17 is available on the district website https://www.readington.

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Troop 90 Takes Upper Delaware Canoe Trip

Pictured, from left, are Dan McDonald and Brian Armstrong of Readington Township and Aidan Haddad of Branchburg. —Submitted by Larry Ahearn

Troop 90, composed of scouts from Readington and Branchburg, went to Ten Mile River Scout Reservation for the annual canoe trip Sept. 20 - Oct. 1. There were 13 scouts and five adults in attendance. The Ten Mile River Scout Reservation is located in the Catskill Mountains near Narrowsburg, NY, right on the Delaware River. The reservation occupies over 12,500 acres and has

several lakes, streams and ponds. The troop camped on a site near the river. The scouts slept in leantos as well as tents. The troop drove up Friday night and set up camp after night fall. The troop canoed in class 1+ rapids on the Upper Delaware River. In the afternoon, the scouts worked on Axe & Saw, fire building skills and advancements.

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Vettes for Vets–On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Central Jersey Corvette

Club, (pictured) which includes members from Readington Township, visited the Lyons Campus of the NJ VA Hospital in Basking Ridge for the second annual Vettes for Vets event. In addition to displaying their Corvettes for the veterans housed at the facility the club provided coffee and donuts and other refreshments donated by a local business. Twenty-five Corvettes were present ranging from classic 1966 models to new 2017 models. A picture perfect day allowed the veterans to mingle with the club members and their cars. –Submitted by Christopher Virgo

Shopping Day and Fashion Show Nov. 9 Benefits Woman’s Club Charities Bloomingdales at Bridgewater Commons will sponsor a shopping day and fashion show on Thursday, Nov. 9, to benefit the Woman’s Club of Tewksbury Township. Ten percent of all tracked sales made the entire day will be donated to the WCTT Charitable Budget. WCTT members, community supporters and friends may visit the store during regular shopping hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., taking their receipts to Gift Wrap on Level 2 for validation. The New View Fashion Showcase will be presented on Level 2

at 6:30 p.m., following “lite bites� served at 6, and accompanied by DJ beats throughout the evening. Required reservations can be made at RSVPbridgewater@ Purchases will generate a donation only if sales receipts are presented to Gift Wrap Level 2 before close of business that day. Valid only at the Bridgewater location. WCTT is open to any woman 18 years of age or older residing in Tewksbury or the surrounding area. Visit tewksburywomansclub. org for details.

Dr. Maxine Lurie will be the guest speaker at the Tewksbury Historical Society’s annual Covered Dish Supper, 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 247 Old Turnpike Rd., Fairmont. Supper, served at 5 p.m., and the program, at 6:15, are free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend supper are asked to bring a covered dish to share. Dr. Lurie’s talk will be based on her latest book “Envisioning New Jersey: A History of the

Garden State.� Starting with its Native Americans 13,000 years ago and ending with its 350th Anniversary of the settlement by English colonists in 2014, it is the first illustrated, complete history of the Garden State. Lurie is an Early American historian, who has taught and written about New Jersey history for 29 years. Now retired from Seton Hall University she teaches one course a year. She is actively involved in several research projects and in the state’s history community. The author of

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Kindergartners Learn About Japanese Storytelling

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Pictured are members of the top two teams in the finals - the Godzilla Farmers (black) and the Big Boppers (blue). From left: TJ Mordeci, Justin Cvetkovski, Ryan Del Hoyo, Chad Hunt, Bryan Noonan, Jake Maffucci, Richie Masini, and Chris Suseck. — Photo by Ingrid Noonan Pictured with the festive bulletin board at Three Bridges Library are Jeannie Vitale, Librarian, (left) and Melody Simerson, Assistant to Librarian (right).

By Melody Landon Simerson It was a Spooktacular October at the Three Bridges Library. We had our annual Halloween “candy corn” guessing contest, which is always a lot of fun for our patrons. Stop by in December for our next holiday guessing contest. Great prizes will be given to the winners. Readington Township libraries are always decorated for the occasions. We have a great assortment of

fall books on hand during November for the children and many choices of books and DVDs for the adults. Three Bridges and Readington will be closed on Nov. 10, 11, 23, and 24, in addition to Readington being closed on Nov. 7. Happy Thanksgiving from Three Bridges and Readington Libraries, and remember that reading is dreaming with eyes wide open.

By Claire Siegrist The first annual Kevin Gilbert Wiffle Ball Tournament was held on Sunday, Aug. 27, at Pickell Park in Whitehouse Station with 55 players and numerous volunteers and spectators coming together in loving memory of Kev, a senior and starting outfielder on the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Varsity Baseball Team, who passed away in March 2011. Wiffle ball was a common pastime in the backyard of the Gilbert home, which inspired the

idea for the tournament. All proceeds from the tournament were donated to the Kevin Gilbert Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to graduating seniors at HCRHS who possess a passion to live their dreams. Six teams competed in the competitive league, and six competed in the friendly league. All teams started out playing three round robin games to determine their league standing. Leaders of the competitive league round robin competed in two semi-final

games. In the semi-finals, Godzilla Farmers beat Middleweights + sull 2-0 and the Big Boppers beat Ronnie Belliard and the Boys 5-1. The competitive league championship game was one for the history books! The Godzilla Farmers and Big Boppers played for close to 24 innings -- over an hour and a half -- for the title of 1st Annual Kevin Gilbert Wiffle Ball Tournament champions. TJ Mordeci, Jake Maffucci, Richie Masini and Chad Hunt of the Godzilla Farmers came out on top in a nail-biting 2-1 finish. Friendly league champions, the Mastodons, beat the Goofballs 13-1 in the finals. In addition to the tournament, friends and family of Kevin competed in the Home Run Derby. TJ Mordeci won the derby with 5 homeruns! Big thanks to Darrow’s Sporting Goods, QuickChek of Branchburg and our numerous supporters for their generous donations of goods, time and money. For information on next year’s tournament date and registration information, or if you would like to donate to the Kevin Gilbert Scholarship at any time, please visit

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Veterans’ Resource Fair Nov. 4

Hunterdon Hospice and the Hunterdon County Division of Senior, Disability, and Veterans Services will host a Veterans’ Resource Fair on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Hunterdon Medical Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Features of the day include a Presentation of Colors by the Sea Cadets, playing of the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance led by World War II Veteran Archie Fagan. The Hunterdon Harmonizers will also entertain everyone during the opening ceremony. Over 20 organizations dedi-

cated to assisting veterans and their families will be on-site to discuss supportive services and programs. One beneficial aspect offered will be an on-site VA Claims Clinic. Breakout Sessions will include: 10:30-11:00 a.m. – VA Benefits with Frank Quadrino, VA Hospital 11:00 a.m. – Yoga for your health with Ken Doyle. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Veterans Aging with Dementia and PTSD, presented by Linda Bryant, Director, Center for Healthy Aging, Hunterdon Healthcare and Mi-

chael Berman, VA Psychologist 11:30 a.m.- Noon - Legal Issues – What Veterans Need to Know, presented by the Hunterdon County Bar Association Veterans will be able to speak with well-informed representatives from all of the organizations on-site. Veterans and their families attending the fair will discover a wealth of information on health services, housing, education, jobs, transportation businesses that promote hiring veterans, local business that offer discounts to veterans, and VA benefits.




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Volunteers Needed for Starfish Thanksgiving Food Distribution

Readington Area Starfish was started by a consortium of local churches and is a community based volunteer organization that operates an emergency food pantry, assists local residents with emergency needs and provides holiday food to families in need. Help is needed to sort and bag holiday food. Just have a small amount of time? Volunteer to do a local delivery for someone who can’t pick up their food. Bring a friend and join Readington Starfish at any of the times listed below. It is not necessary to sign up. All activities take place in the Community Room at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Route 523 and Pulaski Road, Whitehouse Station. If you have questions contact Readington Township Social Services at 908-534-0974. Thanksgiving Food Distribution: Nov. 19 - 6:30 p.m. Set up hall Nov. 20 - 9 a.m. Volunteers separate and sort food

Nov. 21 - 9 a.m. Volunteers sort and pack food perishables; 5 p.m. sort and pack fresh foods; 5:30 p.m. volunteers deliver food to those not able to pick up; 6 p.m. Food Basket pickup, volunteers assist handing out food and help put it in car. Do you know anyone in the community who needs a holiday meal? Contact Social Services at 908-534-0974 and the office will contact the individual or family to discuss programs. Readington Starfish accepts food and monetary donations. Donations can be made through local churches, dropped off at the Municipal Building (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Mon. – Fri.) or mailed directly to Readington Area Starfish Treasurer, 530 Route 523, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. - Submitted by Diane Clapp, Readington Social Services

Certified Fitness for Special Needs, a 501(c) (3) and a subsidiary of Healthy U Fitness Studio offering fitness programs for youth and adults, 422 Route 22 West, Whitehouse Station, has announced two fitness scholarships. The scholarship program

is designed for individuals with developmental or other disabilities ages 13 - 21. The individuals will become more physically active in a safe, healthy and positive environment. The classes will offer an inclusive environment to enhance social and interpersonal

skills. This inclusion program provides a sense of community which helps to improve the quality of life for all. For further information visit or contact Lynn Aloff, Special Needs Coordinator, 908-534-1961.


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celebrated both friendliness month and National Fire Prevention Week during October. As a timely gesture, the Whitehouse School community celebrated its friendship with the brave volunteers from Whitehouse Station Ladder #22 during the annual outdoor assemblies. Pictured from left are (front row) Patrick Paul, Juliette Chabus, Brianna Bailey, Vincenza Galdo, (back row) Peter Mount, Billy Wallace, B.J. Apgar, and Arlene Schlosser.

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Pictured are members of the Readington Tewksbury Junior Baseball League 12U Team. —Submitted by Chris Allen

The Readington Tewksbury Junior Baseball League (RTJBL) has sent a 12U baseball team to Cooperstown Dreams Park, adjacent to the major league baseball Hall of Fame in upstate New York, every July since the facility opened in 1996. And this past July was no exception. The RTJBL Red Bulls roster included: Christopher Brinkofski, Jake Beatrice, Danny Carman, Matthew Gill, Sean Huck, Logan Escamilla, Carter Nowack,

Matthew Rodriguez, Dylan Rolon, Charlie Rossman and Ravi Varma. The team was coached by Andrew Mulvey, Eric Rolon, Eric Rossman and Nitin Varma. The team had a terrific time during the week long tournament, which included 103 other teams from all across the U.S. They played very well, had a wonderful experience, and created memories that will last a lifetime. The team thanks all local sponsors, RTJBL, friends and family that supported them.

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This year’s Stanton Holly Trail theme is “Christmas in the Country.”

Tickets for the Dec. 2 Stanton Holly Trail are now on sale. Started in 1966, Holly Trail is the longest running house tour in New Jersey. The theme of the 2017 tour is Christmas in the Country. The day consists of touring five private homes elaborately festooned with hand-made Christmas decorations. The ticket price for the traditional Saturday daytime tour is $40 and includes bus transportation to each home, complimentary tea and cookies in another elaborately decorated home, admission to the craft bazaar, and a musical respite offered in the sanctuary of the Stanton Reformed Church. There is an op-

tional gourmet lunch available for an additional cost of $15. “Each year we brainstorm to choose a theme that will inspire our decorating committees as well as intrigue our guests,” said Cindi Troegner, Holly Trail cochair. “This year’s theme allows us to use the beautiful landscape that surrounds us as a jumping off point for nature inspired decorations and of course, plenty of fresh greens.” Patrons interested in seeing the homes by candlelight can join the Candlelight Champagne tour held Friday evening, Dec. 1. Tickets for the candlelight tour are $150 each and include luxury bus trans-


portation, a full course dinner at Stanton Ridge Country Club, a champagne toast, and the gift of a hand-made Christmas ornament. “John Fulwood of Kissimmee River Pottery in Flemington generously helped us make unique pottery holly leaves to give to each candlelight tour participant,” Troegner said. “It just shows the community commitment that goes into making Holly Trail a success.” Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be purchased two ways. Patrons can call the Holly Hotline at 908-713-8111 and request a ticket form, or purchase online at Tickets for either day are limited. The 2016 tour raised $36,000 which was divided evenly between Briteside Adult Day Services, benefitting older adults, and community outreach at Stanton Reformed Church which includes Starfish Food Pantry, Boy Scout Troop 1969, Safe in Hunterdon, Feed the Need, Good News Home for Women, as well as many other organizations. Stanton Holly Trail would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors: Provident Bank, Hunterdon Dental Esthetics, Shop Rite of Hunterdon, Flemington Car and Truck Country, Hunterdon Orthopedic Institute, Stanton Ridge Country Club, and Stop & Shop. For more information and photos of past tours visit

A Rutgers student (far left) watches as Jaydin Houck, Sarah Mulligan, and Brooke Hughes play the Chopstick Game with chopsticks and peanut M&Ms.

Readington Middle School seventh grade students in Lilien Drew’s Mandarin Chinese classes attended the Chinese Arts and Culture Day sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University on Sept. 28. The event

included a Cultural Workshop featuring more than 20 arts and crafts stations including calligraphy and ribbon dancing, a Taste of China for lunch, and a professional art performance by the NYCTAC Chinese Opera Troupe.

Tonka’s Law Aim is to Protect Kids and Pets State Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, (D-Union County) at press time was working on a bill to revise hunting buffers near residential property to prevent shootings of children or pets. The bill was drafted after Jim and Elizabeth Mongno of Readington Township lost their dog Tonka to a deer hunter in September. The Alaskan shepherd was killed a few hundred feet from the Mongno’s front door by a cross bow hunter. Current law allows bow hunting

150 feet from an occupied building, including residences. The proposed “Tonka’s Law” would include an expanded buffer zone and notifications to homeowners when hunting is allowed nearby. State Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon) said he would consider legislation to increase notification requirements by hunters to homeowners but opposes restricting access to areas that have been safely hunted without incident.

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With our current wacky weather all across the United States, to say nothing of the whole world, let’s take a trip back in time to see what life was like when there was NO Summer! The year was 1816, the place – right here in the U.S. and Hunterdon County. As 1816 opened January, February and March were unusually warm with a few wintery days thrown in here and there. Most folks heated with wood burning stoves and fireplaces, so that year certainly made for an easier wood chopping time. Along came April 1816 which started out as a month of beautiful spring weather – flowering bulbs peeked through the soil, trees sent out small buds, early end-of-the-cold flowers bloomed. All in all it promised to be a spectacular Spring – that is, until the middle of the month when freezing rain accompanied by strong

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buds froze, turned black and died before they had a chance to come to fruition. Generally speaking May brings real spring weather, but not that year. Cold blasts of arctic weather kept families locked in their winter woolies while heavy frosts killed anything that attempted to grow. Panic overtook people – was this the end of the world? Preachers began to be concerned and devoted sermons to the strange weather. Because there was no worldwide communication, people simply had no idea what was happening. A few lucky farmers managed to plant a crop during May only to find it destroyed by the bizarre weather. Taking a chance and planting a second crop found that June produced extra cold along with snow! With fluctuating weather and little rain, even hay was stunted and almost impossible to harvest. Examples of shorn sheep freezing to death was not uncommon. On the fourth of July instead of having family picnics and fireworks, people were ice skating on frozen streams and ponds. All of this horrible weather was interspersed with a few hot summer-

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Corn prices more than tripled - all grain prices skyrocketed including oats – the staple for horse feed, and this was a country that depended on the horse for transportation as well as farm chores. With a weather stranglehold on the Northeast down to Virginia, grain dealers were forced to travel to the West in order to procure food supplies for families in the East. August continued with frost, ice and snow thereby ruining the remaining crops. By September the weather became seasonable – too late to plant a crop. “Eighteen sixteen and frozen to death” became the title for this strange year. Weather annals attributed this global disaster to the explosion of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia. So powerful was the volcanic explosion that 100 cubic miles of volcanic ash and dust were sent into the stratosphere to circle the world. An explosion of this magnitude literally blanks out the sun’s rays thereby keeping the cold weather closer to earth. Yes, 1816 has gone down in the record books as “the year without a summer.”

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RMS Students Attend Chinese Looking Back . . . The Year Without a Summer cold winds, ice and snow came like days only to have the freezing By Stephanie B. Stevens Arts and Culture Day blasting in. Early flowers and tree cold return. Historian, County of Hunterdon

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