Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mullica Committee Meeting 12/11

 According to the Township calendar, there was a Committee Meeting tonight.  Agenda will be posted when available.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic 12/16

We will be hosting a free rabies vaccine clinic on Sunday, December 16th from 9am-11am. Cats in carriers and dogs on leashes please. Bring previous vaccination records if applicable.
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240 Old Tpke
Pleasantville, New Jersey 08232
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Phone Scammers Threaten Family Members

Be aware of this call: phone scammers want money. And if they don't get it, they say, they'll harm "victims' family members."
During the last week, law enforcement agencies in New Jersey began investigating a phone scam that threatens to harm victims' family members if money is not wired to the caller. The most recent incident was reported to the New Jersey State Police Perryville Station, poice said.
The details of each respective occurrence vary slightly. However, there are several factors common with all of the incidents, police said.

All of the calls are made from 331-240-1294 and a computerized voice claims to be watching the victim's house, police said.
The message then directs the victim to call the above number and threatens to harm their family if money is not wired as per their instructions, police said

If you receive a call like the one described, please notify your local police immediately. Do not, under any circumstance, call the number back or wire money to the caller.
The incidents are currently under investigation, police said


Sweetwater VFC Ice Water Team

This afternoon the ice water team ( the team is made up from members from the Twp) had a drill. We are ready and we are hoping that we DO NOT go in service this winter.
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177th Fighter Wing Awarded Outstanding Unit Award

ATLANTIC CITY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.J. --  In recognition of exceptionally meritorious service above the normal call of duty from 2016-2017, the U.S. Air Force awarded the 177th Fighter Wing with the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award September 5, 2018.

"I am incredibly proud of the men and women of the 177th Fighter Wing," said Col. Bradford Everman, commander of the 177th Fighter Wing.  "I continue to be impressed with the awesome dedication of our Airmen across the incredible breadth of combat and combat support missions the Wing executes every single day."

The wing submitted a package to the Air Force which included more than 85 bullet points across every mission set highlighting accomplishments regarding the wing's mission, and support to global deployments, exercises, and the local community.

"We deployed more than 500 Airmen to 14 countries. In the fight. All while maintaining our daily operational mission requirements here, which are significant," said Command Chief Master Sgt. James McCloskey.

Some of the specific accomplishments of 177FW Airmen highlighted in the package included: quick-response mobilization in support of Hurricane Harvey operations, providing security support to the President and Vice President of the United States, and volunteer work with the Toys for Tots program, which donated more than 50,800 toys to over 10,000 families.

"These are the men and women of this community accomplishing the extraordinary. What an honor it is to be a part of it," McCloskey said.

Nesco VFC Wins 1st Place at Parade

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We took first place in Hammontons Parade last night. Thank you Hammonton Fire Departments for all of your hard work.

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Real Estate Transactions 12/9/18


3616 Nesco Road, Scaife James to Zawierucha Daniel Gary; 07/25/18. $180,000

4701 Baremore Road, Fannie Mae to Goldenberg Robert; 07/25/18. $92,500

Matthew Goodrich Performing in "Matilda"

Matthew Goodrich, a seventh-grader at the Mullica Township School, is performing in the ensemble in Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda the Musical’ at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.
The production marks Matthew’s acting and Walnut debut. He has been dancing since he was 5 years old with the Encore Performing Arts Center in Egg Harbor Township. He plays one of the title character’s classmates in the musical.

 The musical, based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 children’s novel, runs through Jan. 6. For tickets and information, call 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787 or visit WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.



Saturday, December 08, 2018

Shop Rite Chicken Recall

Some chicken sold in ShopRite stores was recalled in New Jersey this weekend, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday.
Amboy Group of Woodbridge has recalled raw boneless and skinless poultry products because the products were misbranded and may contain milk, egg, and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the finished product label, according to a press release.
The raw boneless and skinless poultry products were produced on various dates from Dec. 5, 2016 through Dec. 5, 2018. The following products are subject to recall (view labels here):

16-oz. plastic trays of "Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Italian Style Panko Breaded."
  • 16-oz. plastic trays of "Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Sundried Tomato Panko Breaded."
  • 16-oz. plastic trays of "Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Parmesan Panko Breaded."
  • 16-oz. plastic trays of "Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Mustard Panko Breaded."
The products subject to recall bear establishment number "EST. P-33789" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in New Jersey, according to the release.
The problem was discovered on Dec. 5, 2018 by FSIS inspection program personnel while conducting a routine label verification task, according to the release.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions because of consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS is concerned that some products may already be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Logan McNamara, controller of Amboy Group, LLC, at (732) 682-8329.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.
The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.

Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.


Mullica PTA Designer Bag Bingo 3/8

5th Annual Designer Bag Bingo - Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Burberry, Kate Spade, Michael Kors👜
Friday, March 8, 2019 - Tickets go on sale Jan. 2nd - we will sell out so reserve your tables early!

A few bags have already been bought for our Designer Bag Bingo on March 8, 2019.
Tickets on sale soon! I’ve already had people contact me for tables so don’t wait to pay/reserve. We will sell out!

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Mike J. Stefanski R.I.P.

Stefanski, Mike J., - 93, of Mullica Twp., NJ, passed away Tuesday December 4, 2018. Born in Elbert, West Virginia he graduated high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War as a Master Sergeant. After being discharged from the Army he was the Supervisor for River View Medical Center in Red Bank for over 15 years. Mike enjoyed spending his time in the outdoors and loved to take his children and friends hunting and fishing.

  Family and friends are invited to attend his service Saturday 10:45 am at the Chapel of Holmdel Cemetery 900 Holmdel Rd. Holmdel, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Marinella Funeral Home 102 N. 3rd St. Hammonton, NJ. . www.marinellafuneralhome.com

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Code Blue Friday & Saturday

Those who need shelter from the cold in Atlantic County are welcome to use county resources Friday and Saturday.
The county has issued a Code Blue alert that takes effect 6 p.m. Friday
 A Code Blue is required when the National Weather Service forecasts a temperature of 25 degrees or lower without precipitation, 32 degrees or lower with precipitation or a wind-chill below 0 for two or more hours.

Low temperatures Friday and Saturday nights are anticipated to be around 20 degrees for mainland Atlantic County. At the shore, some towns will be below 25 degrees Friday night, rising above that Saturday.
The Code Blue is intended to assist municipalities in protecting people who may be homeless or in poorly insulated settings and are at risk for weather-related exposure and possible death.
 Any resident who experiences a life-threatening emergency should call 911. Non-life-threatening emergencies may be reported to your local municipal office of emergency management. Contact information for all offices is available at readyatlantic.org/ mainpages/localems.asp.


Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Lia Erin Garvey R.I.P.

Garvey, Lia Erin, - 35, of Sweetwater, an innocent Angel here on Earth returned to her creator, peacefully on Saturday December 1, 2018 at home. Lia was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Sweetwater, NJ where she remained a lifelong resident.  Lia was a graduate of the Atlantic County Special Services School District. She also attended the Neuro Restorative day program. Lia loved horses, music, boating on the Mullica River, travelling and completing her note books.

Relatives & friends will be received on Thursday December 6th from 11:00-12:00 PM at the Pancoast Funeral Home, 676 S. Main Rd., Vineland, NJ where a prayer service will be conducted at 12 Noon. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia through her personal memorial donation page at www.inmemof.org/lia-garvey. To e-mail condolences & or tributes, please visit www.pancoastfuneralhome.com

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Applications for Farmer Recognition Award

Applications available for Jersey Fresh Farm to School farmer recognition award
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced registration has begun for farmers wishing to participate in the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award. The program is an opportunity for farmers to highlight their Farm to School efforts and provide them with resources to help feature their Jersey Fresh produce in local school meals.
Farmers can register for the 2019 Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award Program at www.farmtoschool.nj.gov. The deadline to submit the application is March 15, 2019.

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Poinsettia Sale

Annual Poinsettia Sale at Cape Tech’s Greenhouse
Cape Tech’s Agriscience and Horticultural program holiday plant sale is underway. Plants can be purchased at the greenhouse located behind the school at 188 Crest Haven Road. The event runs through Dec. 20, 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Alzheimer's Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest

High school seniors invited to write about Alzheimer’s impact
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is inviting college-bound high school seniors across the country to enter its 2019 Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest for the chance to earn money for college. The annual program has awarded more than $250,000 in college scholarships since its inception. The deadline to submit essays is February 15, 2019.

NJ Apprenticeship Bills

TRENTON – Legislators hope a package of bills introduced this week will expand apprenticeship opportunities in high-demand fields by creating the necessary infrastructure.
The bills would provide tax incentives, establish regional programs and provide funding to incentivize participation.
Three of the 10 bills were released from the Senate Labor Committee Monday and head to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for consideration.

The first bill that advanced provides corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for businesses that participate in Department of Labor registered apprenticeship programs.
The second bill provides tuition fee waiver for apprenticeship courses.
The third bill establishes a three-year youth apprenticeship pilot program in the Department of Education.
Other education bills advanced in the Legislature
TRENTON – Several other pieces of legislation related to education were approved in committees of the state Legislature this Monday.
Among the proposed legislation are two bills that would address the educational rights and needs of deaf students, which advanced to the full Senate for a vote. The first bill would require school districts to recognize the rights of students who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind by creating the “Deaf Student’s Bill of Rights.” The second bill would establish a Working Group on Deaf Education in the Department of Education.
Another bill which will head to the full Senate would appropriate $11.3 million in supplemental funds to increase per pupil funding for nonpublic security aid from $75 per student to $150 per student. The funding would come from the general fund and go to the Department of Education for security services, equipment and technology at private schools.
Legislation establishing a pilot program to fund non-traditional STEM programs also advanced. The program would award a matching grants of up to $150,000 each to school districts that support non-traditional STEM teaching methods for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, and student participation in non-profit STEM competitions, among other things.
 The bill would establish the four-year “New Jersey Early Innovation Inspiration School Grant Pilot Program” in the Department of Education. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
The Assembly advances a bill Monday addressing the issue of food insecurity among students of higher education. The bill will create a grant program for institutions that are designated by the Secretary of Higher Education as hunger-free campuses.


Coast Guard Act

Retiring U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo was starting to clear out his Mays Landing office Tuesday morning, then headed to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
The meeting, to sign the $10 billion Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act into law, was closed to the press, said LoBiondo chief of staff Jason Galanes.
Passed with bipartisan support, the measure provides $7.9 billion for operating expenses and $2.9 billion for construction, renovation and facilities improvement, according to LoBiondo.

 LoBiondo is a senior member of the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee known for his support for the Coast Guard.
It's unclear whether any of the funds will be directed to Training Center Cape May — the Coast Guard's only training center and its fifth-largest base in the U.S. 
Galanes said it will be up to the Coast Guard to develop spending priorities for the construction portion of the funding.

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Winter in the Pines - Batsto Village 12/2

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Winter in the Pines - Sunday Dec 2
Carriage rides canceled due to weather.
Everything else in on!
Open at 10: 00 AM

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Legislation Introduced - NJ Illegal Immigrants to Get Driver's Licenses

Two big changes are expected for New Jersey driver's licenses that could impact how much you pay – and who's allowed to have them.
The first change could come in the form of legislation introduced this week that would expand access to drivers licenses in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy has supported legislation that would essentially allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses.
The legislation would create a new two-license system in New Jersey, including a REAL ID federal license and a standard license for driving and identification purposes for qualified drivers.

The REAL ID license could help undocumented immigrants, survivors of domestic violence and others who face barriers meeting the REAL ID requirement, lawmakers say.
The bill also permits the Motor Vehicle Commission to "increase certain fees," though its not exactly clear what fees the MVC would want to raise. The bill, which was introduced on Monday, provides very few details.

Under similar legislation proposed earlier in the year, the MVC may charge an additional fee, not to exceed $50 per driver's license, to offset administrative costs associated with the production and distribution of the new driver's license. This additional fee would expire 36 months after the effective date of the bill.
If passed, the new bill proposed this week would allow residents unable to prove lawful presence in the United States to receive permits and standard driver's licenses or identification cards.

The 2005 REAL ID act imposes stronger requirements for proof of legal U.S. residency in order for state driver's licenses to be valid for federal purposes. The law was passed in response to national security concerns after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
New Jersey has gotten an extension for REAL ID enforcement that will allow federal agencies to accept driver's licenses and identification cards from New Jersey at federal facilities, nuclear power plants and federally regulated commercial aircraft until Oct. 10, 2019, according to the Motor Vehicle Commission.

The legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Senator Joseph Vitale, meanwhile, is mainly intended to help immigrants and others who face barriers in obtaining a license under the REAL ID program.
The proposed legislation is a "common sense" solution for the numerous New Jerseyans who need a driver's licenses to provide and care for their families, said Mayor Andre Sayegh of Paterson.
"From immigrants to senior citizens, from the homeless to survivors of domestic violence, this option would protect residents' privacy while ensuring that all drivers can be trained, tested, and have access to insurance," Sayegh said.

"Our police can better focus on what matters and free up resources in courts and jails due to fewer unlicensed or uninsured drivers. And Patersonians can go about their daily lives by driving to work, dropping their kids off at school, and visiting the doctor without fear."
Dover Mayor James P. Dodd said the bill "will protect all New Jersey drivers and will allow individuals to stop relying on others for their transportation needs."
"I urge lawmakers to do the right thing for all New Jersey residents and support this critical bill," he said.

Similar legislation was introduced earlier in 2018. The "New Jersey Safe and Responsible Driver Act" would establish driver's licenses for New Jersey residents who cannot prove lawful presence in the United States.
Specifically, under the provisions of this bill, the Motor Vehicle Commission would b required to issue a driver's license to a person who satisfies the requirements for the issuance of a basic driver's license but cannot prove lawful presence in the United States.
Under the bill, each applicant would be required to submit to the MVC proof of identity, date of birth, and residency in this state


Shop With A Cop

Run by the township’s Police Athletic League, members of police departments from Atlantic and Cape May counties, as well as fire departments and State Police, turned out to deliver Christmas a little early for 128 Atlantic County kids.
Each child is paired with an officer from their town and given $100 to spend at the store, PAL Executive Director Hector Tavarez said.

The event aims to provide for emotionally or financially stressed children and their families, Mullica Township Police Chief John Thompson said.
“PAL is about cops and kids, and this is one of the best examples of how cops are helping kids every single day,” Tavarez said.

And this year, they set a record, as 111 officers participated, Tavarez said, adding the event is entirely funded by individual donations, fundraisers and corporate sponsors.
To start off the morning, kids and their families mingled with officers at the Egg Harbor Township Community Center for breakfast
“When you’re in a room with this many officers, it’s usually for a bad situation,” Thompson said. “In this case, it’s an event that you’re giving back to the community and having a great time.”
Then, kids piled on school buses and joined a parade of police motorcycles, squad cars and firetrucks to Walmart, where Santa Claus was waiting to greet them before they went shopping.
Louvenia Hindsman, 45, of Egg Harbor Township, whose two daughters were picked to shop, explained that the event not only gives kids the chance to get some presents, it strengthens the bond between police and the community.
“It helps children not to be afraid of a cop so they’ll be able to express that they or someone else needs help if they have to,” she said. “Then they can encourage other children. Cops are there when you need them.”


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Today the Mullica Township Police Department participated in our annual shop with a cop! Every year this event seems to get bigger and bigger and the officers enjoy this just as much as the children!
Happy Holidays from the Mullica Township Police Department 🎄🚔

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Friday, November 30, 2018

George H. W. Bush Dead at 94

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94.
Mr. Bush was recently hospitalized for an infection at Methodist Hospital in Houston. He is preceded in death by Barbara Pierce Bush, his wife of 73 years.
Mr. Bush was elected president on Nov. 8, 1988, sworn in on Jan. 20, 1989, and served until Jan. 20, 1993.


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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Community Closet of EHC

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What is the MTEF?

Be sure to pencil in the MTEF Spring Fundraiser for May 31, 2019! More details to follow
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NJ Has New Rules on How Police Treat Illegal Immigrants

New Jersey placed new rules Thursday on how police treat unauthorized immigrants – particularly if they want to turn them over to ICE.
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued a directive to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Jersey limiting the types of voluntary assistance their officers may provide to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
The new rules are designed to strengthen trust between New Jersey law enforcement officers and the state's immigrant communities, according to a release from the Office of Attorney General.

Matthew Albence, a deputy director of ICE, issued a statement in response, saying the directive "shields certain criminal aliens, creating a state-sanctioned haven for those seeking to evade federal authorities."

 The directive is intended to draw a clear line between the responsibility of New Jersey's 36,000 law enforcement officers to enforce state criminal laws and the responsibility of federal immigration authorities to enforce federal civil immigration law, according to the release.

The directive applies to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies, including police, prosecutors, county detectives, sheriff's officers, and correction officers, and seeks to ensure that immigrants feel safe reporting crimes to New Jersey law enforcement officers, according to the release.
Attorney General Directive 2018-6, known as the "Immigrant Trust Directive," provides that, except in limited circumstances, New Jersey's law enforcement officers:

  • Cannot stop, question, arrest, search, or detain any individual based solely on actual or suspected immigration status;
  • Cannot ask the immigration status of any individual, unless doing so is necessary to the ongoing investigation of a serious offense and relevant to the offense under investigation;
  • Cannot participate in civil immigration enforcement operations conducted by ICE;
  • Cannot provide ICE with access to state or local law enforcement resources, including equipment, office space, databases, or property, unless those resources are readily available to the public;
  • Cannot allow ICE to interview an individual arrested on a criminal charge unless that person is advised of his or her right to a lawyer.
Grewal emphasized that nothing in the directive limits New Jersey law enforcement agencies from enforcing state law – and nothing in the directive should be read to imply that New Jersey provides "sanctuary" to those who commit crimes in this state.
He also said nothing restricts police from complying with federal law or valid court orders, including judicially-issued arrest warrants for individuals, regardless of immigration status.

"We know from experience that individuals are far less likely to report a crime to the local police if they fear that the responding officer will turn them over to federal immigration authorities," said Grewal. "That fear makes it more difficult for officers to solve crimes and bring suspects to justice."
These new rules are designed to "draw a clear distinction between local police and federal civil immigration authorities, ensuring that victims and witnesses feel safe reporting crimes to New Jersey's law enforcement officers," he said.
"No law-abiding resident of this great state should live in fear that a routine traffic stop by local police will result in his or her deportation from this country," he said.

The directive includes a number of specific exceptions and exclusions, including among others:
  • Nothing stops officers from assisting federal immigration authorities in response to emergency circumstances.
  • Officers may participate with federal authorities in joint law enforcement task forces, provided the primary purpose is unrelated to federal civil immigration enforcement.
  • Nothing in the directive prevents officers from requesting proof of identity from an individual during the course of an arrest or when legally justified during an investigative stop or detention. 

Mullica PTA Needs Volunteers

Mullica Historical Society Meeting 1/15

Mullica In The Pines Historical Society
The December meeting has been rescheduled to January 15th

Wharton State Forest Roads Closed

Unimproved roads within Wharton State Forest are impassable due to November's heavy rains, and all access points for the Batsto, Mullica, Oswego, and Wading rivers are closed due to hazardous conditions, the state said Thursday.
Many of the roads have extensive ponding or washouts, the New Jersey State Park Service said. The forest is in the Pinelands, which is an area with a naturally high water table.
Some bridges are completely covered by swollen rivers and will be assessed as floodwaters recede, officials said.

The nearly 123,000-acre forest includes parts of Atlantic, Burlington and Camden counties and has hundreds of miles of sand roads roads popular for motorized vehicle use. Its rivers are used for canoeing and kayaking.
Environmentalists have complained that motorized vehicles have caused extensive damage by riding off-road illegally, and the state has taken steps to educate visitors to stay on roads. It has also enlisted the help of the motor community in helping with cleanups and other attempts at remediation.

The Park Service recommends visitors postpone visits to avoid getting stuck, to never drive through high water, and to not use the rivers for recreation until floodwaters recede.
Backcountry camping, hiking, horseback riding, and other trail-related activities may be affected by flooding and limited access. Visitors are advised to call ahead for the latest information on conditions at 609-561-0024.

November rainfall has deluged Wharton with nearly a foot of rain. Located in the Pinelands National Reserve, it also has an extensive network of streams and wetlands.

Batsto Village, the preserved former bog iron and glassmaking center, is open. The Atsion Recreation Area is closed for the season.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018