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Clark to Speak on Edison Mines and Ogden Mine Railroad: Out of the Past

Edison Plant on Sparta Mountain

SPARTA – The Sparta Historical Society announces that Museum Director, Jack Clark, will present a slide show originally created by local historian, William Eppler.  Recently discovered in the Sparta Historical Society’s archives, this documentary includes images from the 1890s and 1960s… how the mine and railroad looked in the beginning and, then, more recently.

The lecture, with a guest speaker, will take place on Thursday, March 9th at 7 p.m. at the Sparta First Presbyterian Church located at 32 Main Street.  

Sparta mines were revived in 1881 when Thomas Edison created his Edison Ore-Milling Company. He purchased thousands of Sparta Mountain acres including the defaulted Ogden, Victor, Knoll, Roberts/Pardee, Davenport, and Vulcan mines.  He built a village called Edison that housed over 700 tradesmen, miners and their families.  They serviced or worked at the mines/experimental plant that crushed and processed ore into briquettes, a process he invented to be more cost-effective for shipping to distant smelters.  After investing millions, he closed the operation in 1899 realizing he couldn’t compete with the Mesabi Range iron production.

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Ogden Mine Railroad came about because of enormous pressure placed on Morris & Sussex County’s iron ore mines production during the American Civil War 1861-1865.   The transport of ore was typically shipped by mule cart along wooden trails to local forges or to the Morris Canal at the far end of Lake Hopatcong.  To help resolve this problem, the Ogden Mine Railroad was built to haul ore from Sparta Mountain.   While it was built to satisfy demands of Civil War, it was never used for that purpose because it was completed in 1866, a year after the war was over.   The railroad did serve, however, to haul iron ore and zinc ore to the Morris canal for many years.

Following the presentation, refreshments will be served.  Those attending will have a chance to ask questions about the topic or other issues relating to the history of the township or the county.

The Sparta Historical Society is located at The Van Kirk Homestead Museum at 336 Main Street - Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway, Sparta. It will reopen Sunday, April 9 with our new Spring Exhibition on “A New Era:  Women, Their Hats, and Social Change” and will be open every second and fourth Sunday through June 25 from 1-4 pm with 2PM talk. Further details or group reservations, call 973-726-0883 or Email: spartahistoricalsocnj@gmail.com.

 

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Sparta Police: Brooklyn Man Stopped for Speeding Arrested for Pot

July 21, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Brooklyn man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop for speeding on Route 15.  On July 7 around 3 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley saw Faud Razzilov driving his 2014 Nissan too fast, according to police.

When Finley spoke with the driver and the three passengers, he smelled raw marijuana coming from the car.  Finley searched the car after another ...

Sparta Police Department 4th Annual Junior Police Academy Already Full, Much More To Come

On August 23rd, the Sparta Police Department will host its 4th annual Junior Police Academy.  The interactive program, directed towards Sparta youth in grades 5th through 8th, has already hit their maximum number of participants.

 

Sparta Lieutenant John Lamon attributes the growth to the changes made in the program last year, designing it to be more interactive and fun.

Photos from the Air Intercept over the Somerset Hills Surface

SOMERSET HILLS NJ - Somerset Hills residents have become accustomed to weekend visits from President Trump.   However, this past weekend there was a twist.   That twist came in the form of the roar of a fighter jet intercepting an errant private aircraft.

President Trump attended the LPGA United States Womens Open at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.  Accordingly, the ...

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How Many Politicians Does it Take to Fix a Lake?

July 9, 2017

As candidates running to represent Sussex, Warren, and Morris Counties in the State Legislature, my running mate Kate Matteson and I are spending quite a bit of time learning about the needs of Hopatcong residents.  As we knock on doors and make phone calls, one of the complaints we hear regularly is that the State has severely neglected Lake Hopatcong.  This is a travesty.

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US Will Reimburse Somerset County for Trump Visits

July 19, 2017

WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep. Lance (R-7th) has confirmed that the United States Secret Service has designated Bedminster a priority for presidential protection – allowing law enforcement and other protection-related costs eligible for reimbursement by the federal government. 

“Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and the excellent law enforcement personnel in New ...

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July 15, 2017

In this weekly series, we will walk through the process of how to fit TAPinto into your marketing plan. 

Not only are we the premiere marketing platform for many businesses, we also are the source of getting the message out to our community for municipalities, organizations, schools and teams. We also are the source for promoting community ...

4 Tips for New Jersey Home Buyer Success

In New Jersey’s highly competitive real estate market, where inventory levels are not keeping pace with buyer demand, smart buyers take steps to ensure they’re prepared for success when buying a home.  Here, Team Nest Builder shares 4 tips for New Jersey home buyer success:

1. Be Prepared

“Homebuyers should talk with a lender, real estate agent, and a home inspector ...

Medication Errors on the Rise: Are You Taking Your Medication Correctly?

Using data from national Poison Control Centers, researchers analyzed the more than 67,000 reports of medication errors occurring outside of a health care facility between 2000 - 2012 and found the rate of serious medical consequences doubled during this period. The greatest number of errors involved cardiovascular medications and the greatest number of deaths were from pain medication errors.

July 12, 2017 Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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Oroho’s ‘Ralph & David’s Law’ to Up Penalties for Drunk Drivers Who Kill

July 21, 2017

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to increase penalties for deaths caused by drivers who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

“Ralph and David’s Law” is named in honor of David Heim and Ralph Politi, Jr., innocent victims who lost their lives to drunk ...