RANDOLPH, NJ- On Friday, October 18, Morris County celebrated 25 years of the voter-approved Morris County Open Space Trust Fund.

Since the first grant was awarded in 1994, thousands of acres of open space across the county have been preserved, helping to maintain the county’s high quality of life. Events to highlight the preservation program were held in Jefferson and Chatham Township. In addition to members of the current freeholder board, other dignitaries including members of the current and previous county Open Space Trust Fund Committee were in attendance. Randolph resident, founding member and current chairman of the Open Space Trust Fund Committee, Jay Thomson, spoke at the event. Freeholder Director Doug Cabana presented Mr. Thomson with a special Morris County resolution.

On Wednesday evening, October 23, the Morris County Freeholders presented Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals to eight veterans from across the county, honoring these men and women for their service to our country and their communities after their days in the military. They also honored Randolph resident and Marine Corps veteran, Emerson Crooks, who served in Vietnam in the 1960s. Mr. Crooks received a special Morris County resolution in connection with the 244th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.