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Scouts Hike Victorious

The Scouts from Flanders Troop 156 and Girl Scout Troop 853 completed the Victory Trail Hike on Sat., Dec.12.  The 11 mile hike began in Elizabeth and ended in Springfield. Scouts learned about the battle of Springfield and how the Americans held off the British and eventually won the battle.  The Scouts, pictured at the Springfield Presbyterian Church, from left, are Jim West, Stephen Rozek, Ben West, Shane Jones, Hannah Jones, Jason Cartier, Anthony Thulin, Jean Chambon, Tyler Chmiel and John Cartier. Photo by Archer Jones
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Longhorn Gives Back To Community

The Longhorn staff collected gifts for  many families this year. Pictured are Edmund Marshall, Mayor Rob Greenbaum, Kyle Farcus, Laurel Watkins, Bryce FEHR, Casey Harris, Jess Bianuculli, Susan Dalrymplc. Every year Longhorn of Mt. Olive has helped those in need.
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Mt. Olive Girl Scouts Dive Into World Problems With Robotics

Mt. Olive Girls Scouts are rockin’ with robots! Eighteen local Girl Scouts participated in the FIRST LEGO League regional qualifying robotics tournament at Mt. Olive High School in Flanders on Nov. 22. FLL is a robotics competition for boys and girls in grades four through eight. It’s designed to inspire kids to pursue careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/design and math) fields. In August of each year a new challenge is announced and participants have about 12 weeks to prepare for a tournament. Valerie Perugini, who manages the Mt. Olive Girl Scouts robotics program along with adult volunteers Noreen
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Chamber Toy Drive Brightens Day

Sue Scribner, a lieutenant with the Mt. Olive First Aid Squad, admires the toys collected by the Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce from its annual Toys for Tots holiday drive. The toys were to be distributed to children in the area who otherwise might not receive gifts for Christmas.
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Mt. Olive Area Chamber Exceeds Food Drive Goals – Again!

Every year, the Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Food Drive eclipses one record after another. This year’s food drive collected an enormous amount of food, as well as gift cards and checks that were presented to the Mt. Olive Food Pantry in early December. “This is absolutely amazing, it really is,” said Greg Stewart, president of the Chamber. “People are so giving it is truly wonderful. I think what makes our food drive such a success is that folks know that 100 percent of what we collect goes to local families.” The food drive has annually collected thousands
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Candyland Sweetens Holidays For Local Families

Mt. Olive Recreation in partnership with Flanders Pediatric Dentistry hosted another successful Candyland on Sun., Dec 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mt. Olive Public Library.   Four hundred children and their families joined in for the Candy Cane toss, Gumdrop Challenge, and the Lord Licorice obstacle course. They created delightful gingerbread men, colored an assortment of holiday characters and created origami penguins. Along the way they filled their bags with assorted treats donated by M&M Mars, delicious chocolate covered pineapples and assorted coloring books and ornaments.   The Lion’s Club Santa & Elves made a special appearance
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MOMS STEM Team Win Champion Award

Just prior to Thanksgiving break, 18 students from the MOMS STEM Team competed in the First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Mt. Olive Regional Tournament. For the first portion of the tournament, students had to present a solution they had created to solve a problem related to our relationship with trash, by either finding a way to reduce the resources we use or reusing materials in a new way. The second portion of the tournament consisted of the robot game where students showcased programs they had created to allow their robots to solve missions. These missions required the students’ robots to
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Township Offers Free Child Health Exam

Mt. Olive is sponsoring a Free Child Health Exam & Vaccines for resident children of Mt. Olive, Netcong and Mt. Arlington who do not have health insurance.  A licensed pediatrician will perform physical examinations and update vaccinations.   The Child Health Exams are set for Tues., Jan. 26, from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. in the Mt. Olive Township Health Department in Budd Lake. For an appointment, call 973-691-0900 ext. 7353.
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Community Garden Gearing Up For Spring

Think Spring in Mt. Olive. Two Informational meetings are planned for the Community Garden at South Branch Preserve. The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is sponsoring two informational meetings about its Community Garden at South Branch Preserve for interested gardeners. The meetings are set for Wed., Jan 27 at 7 p.m., and Thurs., Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Mt. Olive Public Library in Budd Lake. The meeting will feature an overview of the Community Garden, a question and answer session as well as 2016 plot registration. Entering its fourth year, the 2016 gardening season will run from April
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Mt. Olive Chamber To Host 10th Annual Breakfast With Mayors

The Mt. Olive Chamber of Commerce plans to host its 10th Annual Breakfast With The Mayors on Tues. morning Jan. 26.   Mt. Olive Township Mayor Rob Greenberg and Hackettstown Mayor Maria DiGiovanni will look back on the business climate in their respective towns in 2015 and update chamber members and members of the business community at-large on what their goals are for 2016 as they relate to the business community.   As part of the meeting, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and make suggestions. Chamber officials will also discuss “how the Chamber can team with township
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