ROXBURY, NJ - An outbreak of toxic algae on Lake Hopatcong did nothing to diminish the success of the annual Miss Lotta Veteran’s Cruise last weekend, according to one of the event’s organizers.

The annual cruise - where veterans from communities around the lake are taken for a boat tour while patriotic and appreciative people salute them from the shore - went off without a hitch, said Christine Houtz of Roxbury, one of the organizers.

“I think it was another success,” she said. “We had a great turnout. Veterans loved … all the different people who welcomed them along the lake.”

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The viewing point in Roxbury was the Shore Hills Country Club in Landing. “We had a great turnout in Roxbury at the Shore Hills Club,” Houtz said. “We had four singers and a trumpet player from the high school. We also had two bagpipers this year. (Roxbury Councilman) Mark Crowley said a few words for us. And we had the dock filled with people holding flags and signs and cheering on the veterans and thanking them.”

Houtz said the state’s warning to stay away from Lake Hopatcong water, due to a “harmful algal bloom” that started on June 17 did not seem to affect the Veteran’s Cruise. “I didn’t take notice to any problems,” she said.”

Houtz, who is also involved in planning the annual Roxbury Memorial Day Parade, expressed thanks that the sun was shining for both the parade and the Veteran’s Cruise.

 “We were very blessed this year,” she said. “We had beautiful weather for the parade and, again, we got lucky with the cruise. We got our event through before it started raining later that afternoon.”

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