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Sussex-Wantage Photography Contest
Contest runs to Saturday, August 26.
Use your photography skills to highlight the beauty of Sussex-Wantage and make a statement against littering!~Girl Scout Troop 70994 Silver Award Project:
For those of us who appreciate the great beauty of our Sussex-Wantage landscape, it is hard to understand why anyone would want to mar it with litter. Perhaps if we can capture that beauty and show it to our littering neighbors, maybe they will begin to see and change their ways. So how can that beauty be captured and shown? In a photograph! Consider entering the Sussex-Wantage photography contest. Click here for contest details and how to enter.

Requirements: Picture must be 5x7 inches. Must be taken in Sussex or Wantage. Participants must be residents of Sussex-Wantage. Only two submissions are permitted per person. Pick up submission forms at the Library. Please drop off your submissions at the Sussex-Wantage Library by Saturday, August 26. All submissions will be publicly displayed. Participants’ names will be entered into a raffle to win one of our bonus prizes. All participants will be awarded with a small prize. Grand prizes will be awarded to the top three photos in each age division (11 and under, 12- 17, and 18+). First Place: $35. Second Place: $25. Third Place: $15.

Library Homebound Services
When someone is ill or homebound, a good book can be a great comfort. The Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library are pleased to offer two free services to members of the Sussex-Wantage community. more

Displays at Sussex-Wantage Library
The Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library sponsor monthly exhibits highlighting local history. If you have an idea for a future display, or a collection you would like to exhibit, please call Barbara Young at 973-875-7864.

Food Drive
Working as a Community to Eliminate Hunger. Drop off your donations at the Wantage Town Hall. To benefit the Sussex County Social Services Food Pantry. All food collected in the food drive will provide emergency assistance to Sussex County residents in need. Thank you. Flier.

Getting Ready for Social Security
Are you ready for Social Security? Click here for online resources and information.

Know the Bear Facts: Black Bears in New Jersey
Download Tips for Preventing Unwanted Bear Encounters or visit the NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts.htm

DEP Offers Tips on Reducing Conflicts and Encounters with Black Bears
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E-mail Address Dedicated to Recycling Facility Concerns
In response to a request from Wantage Township, RER Supply has created a dedicated E-mail address for members of the public who wish to report a concern regarding the presence of odors being generated from its Route 23 Recycling facility, and/or any other concerns. read notice

Concerns about ATVs and Dirt Bikes
Complaints continue to be received from residents in various areas of the Township about illegal use of ATVs and dirt bikes on public roads and other people's private property. It is important for the message to be carried: Individuals violating this law will be prosecuted. If youths are involved, their parents will be held accountable. PLEASE! It is a matter of safety. It is a matter of courtesy. And IT IS A MATTER OF THE LAW. Keep ATV's and Dirt Bikes off public roads and property, and off the private property of people who have not given you permission for the use of their property.

Trimming Trees/Bushes on Public Rights of Way See Mayor's Notes

Do Not Do Business with Unlicensed Peddlers Read notice

Avoid Phone Scams Article on how to avoid phone scams

Route Redevelopment Plan Download the report PDF 8.5 MB | Ordinance 2015-10

How Does Wantage Township Inform Citizens About Emergencies And Other Important Public Notifications? See Mayor's Notes

Ongoing Points of Interest See Mayor's Notes

Ongoing Events

Sussex United Methodist Church Outdoor Worship
Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.,
June 24 and through September 3 at the Outdoor Chapel.
Bring your own lawn chairs or use the benches provided. In case of inclement weather, meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Call (973) 875-5852 or e-mail susumc@embarqmail.com for more information.

2017 Yoga on the Mountain Series
Yoga on the Mountain classes will be held once a month through November in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. Enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. Adults and mature teens, (ages 14 and older,) with all levels of experience are invited to participate. Bring your own yoga mat, small pillow, and reusable bottle of water. A suggested donation of $5 or more per participant is appreciated. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 973-702-0488 for additional information and to register. Remaining classes: August 11 at 6:30; September 15 at 6:00; and October 13 at 5:30. November 4 will be a morning session at 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by The Friends of High Point State Park. To learn more about the Friends of High Point State Park and their programs, visit friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com.

Friday Night Dinners
second and fourth Friday of the month, 6 to 9 p.m. at Sussex Elks Lodge
Call 973-875-3990 or e-mail SussexElks2288@gmail.com for weekly specials. Dinner special is $9, which includes salad, coffee, tea and dessert. Hungry man portions available for $11. Grill menu also available; hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and more. Large parties, please call to reserve seating.

Upcoming Events

SWFOL Thursdays at the Amp
The “Thursdays at the Amp” concert series, sponsored by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library, returns this month with a range of musical performers ready to take the stage at the library’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater. The musical styles will range from rhythm and blues to Irish ballads, from acoustic fingerstyle American music to Simon and Garfunkel’s classic harmonies. The music begins at 6 p.m., and, as always, the concerts are free.

THURSDAY, AUG. 24: “Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel,” will spotlight the virtuoso guitar work and outstanding vocal harmonies of Ray Longchamp and Vince Manzo. Together they will recreate the sound that made Simon and Garfunkel one of the most prolific and universally loved groups in the 60s.

THURSDAY, AUG. 31: Wood Hippie performs a crowd-pleasing mix of acoustic American tunes based on fingerstyle-guitar, traditional, contemporary, original and Hot Tuna music. The group features Larry Amato on guitar; Steve Jacobus on fiddle, mandolin, flute; Drew Shannon Williams on bass; and Carl Arena on drums. Opening for Wood Hippie will be the Young Jazz Combo.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7: Ian Gallagher’s voice is deeply imbued with his Irish roots. He is not only a guitarist and singer, but an all-around entertainer who uses his personal touch to put a smile on the faces of his audience. The opening act will feature guitarist and vocalist Melissa Lucciola, the winner of last year’s Soundz @ the Amp talent show.

Tickets are not necessary for the concerts. Please bring your own chairs and blankets. Picnickers are welcome, but alcohol is prohibited. In case of bad weather, the programs will be held indoors, with seating on a “first come-first served” basis. Doors will open at 5:30. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is located at 69 Route 639 in Wantage. For further information please call the library at 973-875-3940 or visit the Friends’ website: friendsofswlibrary.org.

Pets Invited to Church
Saturday, August 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 27 at 9:30 a.m.
Sussex United Methodist Church will hold its annual special worship services to give thanks for the Blessing of Creation. At these services all people and their pets (and other reasonably polite animals) are invited to come to the church’s outdoor chapel in the rear of the church for a special blessing during worship. To make sure everyone gets along, all dogs must be on a leash, and other pets must be securely leashed or caged. People are encouraged to wear casual attire at the worship service, which will run about an hour or less.

Cupcake Competition at Sussex-Wantage Library
Saturday, September 9;
Doors open at 1 p.m., judging will begin at 1:45.
The Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Library invite amateur bakers ages 10 through adult to participate in their second annual cupcake contest. Enjoy a fun and delicious afternoon and join in a friendly competition for those with a talent for baking and decorating. The program will take place in the Sussex-Wantage Library Community Room. The contest will be limited to 30 participants. Register online beginning Saturday, August 26th at sussexcountylibrary.org or call the library at 973-875-3940 and ask to be registered.

This year’s contest will have a special theme of books and literature. Participants should create a display of cupcakes relating either to a specific novel or series or to the broader topic of books in general. Participants will be judged in two age categories: ages 10-13; and ages 14 and up. Each participant must make a display of one dozen (12) cupcakes, artfully arranged. All 12 cupcakes should be made using a single cake batter recipe, but may be decorated differently. Judging will be based on taste, presentation, creativity, and adherence to theme. First, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded. Beginning August 26th, complete rules will be available at the Sussex-Wantage Library and on the Friends’ website: friendsofswlibrary.org.

Bait and Boat Festival
Saturday, September 9, 1 to 6 p.m. High Point State Park
Join the Friends of High Point State Park on the beach at Lake Marcia as they say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled day of fishing and boating. This special event is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Participants may borrow one of the Friends’ kayaks or canoes for a short paddle or bring their own non-motorized boat and spend the day exploring. Afternoon activities include boat races; fishing and sandcastle contests; Park Naturalist program; and crafts. An early evening campfire on the beach with s’mores will conclude the festivities. Pack a picnic and bring the whole family for a day of adventure at High Point State Park. The event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 per family is appreciated. All persons fishing, age sixteen or older, must have and display a valid NJ State fishing license. Please bring your own fishing equipment. All boaters must wear a PFD while on the lake. Participants bringing their own non-motorized boats must stop by the beach for instructions before putting boats in the water. Event rain date is Sunday, September 10. To learn more about the Friends of High Point State Park and their events, please visit friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com.

Woodbourne Park 5k
September 16, 9 a.m., Woodbourne Park
Details and registration information

Fishing Contest
Saturday, September 23, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Neepaulin

Annual Car Show
October 8, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Woodbourne Park
Sponsored by Wantage Recreation. Rain Date: October 15.
Trophies awarded in many classes for cars, truck, and motorcycles. Food and refreshments available, live music, 50/50 drawing, tricky tray, vendors, and more. Download flier. Download sponsor letter. For more information, see wantagerec.com

Autumn Bicycle Tour
Sunday, October 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ride with the Friends of High Point State Park on a Fall Into Autumn Bicycle Tour and enjoy the beauty of autumn at High Point State Park. The route is an eight-mile loop along Sawmill and Park Ridge roads. There will be a few shorts stops along the way to view points of interest and to enjoy a picnic lunch. The bike ride is suitable for ages 14 and older. Helmets are required for all bicycle riders. Please bring your own bicycle, helmet, bag lunch, and water. The group will meet at the winter-use parking lot located on Park Ridge Road. No rain date is scheduled. The event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 per participant is appreciated. Please email Rob at rthawk@ptd.net for more information and to register. To learn more about the Friends of High Point State Park and their events, please visit friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com.

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, October 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center Autumn is the season of bountiful harvests. Come watch the Friends of High Point State Park prepare a seasonal feast on the open hearth. Enjoy sample tastings of soups, meats, sides, and desserts that have all been cooked fireside. Seasonal activities for children will be offered. The event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 per family is appreciated. Sponsored by the Friends of High Point State Park. For more information on the Friends and their events, please visit friendshighpointstatepark.blogspot.com.

Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1, 7 p.m. at the Wantage School
Details to come...

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