Watershed Institute Studies Health of Local Waterways, Wonders Why Cruser Brook Turned Milky White .

When Patti Maslanka, 58, recently noticed the waters at her monitoring site on Cruser Brook had once again turned milky white, she grew increasingly concerned. “This spring, the stream was the best I had ever seen. I could literally see the bottom of the stream bed and rocks there for the first time,” she said. “I had never seen the water this clear and thought maybe there had been changes and the stream was really thriving and could actually support life.” But by early summer, she said, “the stream was horrible. The water levels were terrible, the water had turned to milky color, the pH and turbidity levels were awful, as were the oxygen and nitrates.” Maslanka participates in the StreamWat

Owner Needed for a Habitat for Humanity Home to be Built in Montgomery

A three- or four-bedroom handicapped adaptable (accessible if needed) home will be built in Montgomery beginning in the fall. Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RVHFH) is looking for an owner for a 3- to 4-bedroom handicapped adaptable (if needed) home that will be built in Montgomery Township, starting this fall. Anyone interested in applying for this home must attend one of the following information sessions in order to learn about the project and the program requirements and to obtain an application. Qualifying applicants must be in the moderate-income range with a minimum annual gross income of $48,300 (for the three-bedroom) and $55,500 (for the four-bedroom) and a maximum annual gros

New GPS System to Keep Track of Montgomery School Buses

After a school bus full of kindergartners got lost last September with a bus driver who did not speak English and could not ask for directions, the Montgomery School District will add a Global Positioning System (GPS) to all 48 district vehicles by the first day of school. Two of the three contractors who provide bus service for the school district (Krapf, recently purchased from Irvin Raphael, and First Student) will also have GPS. The third company, May, will not. The new GPS system “allows for real-time tracking of district buses at all times,” David Palumbo, the associate school business administrator told the Montgomery School Board during its August meeting. For a cost of $44,000, the

Skillman Resident to Begin Peace Corps Service in Guatemala

“I have always thought that being exposed to other cultures opens one’s mind and understanding....” — Anna Zauner Anna Zauner, 22, of Skillman, departs for Guatemala this month to begin training as a Peace Corps volunteer. “I have always been motivated to help others,” she says. “I had worked on many different week-long service projects through my church youth group and had always left them feeling as though there was so much more I could have done.” The Peace Corps immerses the volunteers in the society they are helping, which takes the service to the next level. “While living in the community, I will be able to truly understand the culture and challenges, and to better help and serve the c

Donald I. McLeod, 84

A generous kind man with seven daughters Aug. 19, 1935 – Aug. 27, 2019 — Donald I. McLeod died at his Rocky Hill home on August 27. He was 84. Don was born in Baltimore, Maryland to John Young McLeod and Jessie Steedman McLeod. Don’s parents each emigrated to the United States from Scotland; met and married in Buffalo, NY in 1927; and eventually settled in Baltimore in 1935. Don attended McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland and graduated in 1953. He played the trombone and was a Chevrolet enthusiast. Don was a Boy Scout and later a Boy Scout Leader. After earning a degree in business and industrial management from Johns Hopkins University in 1957, Don worked at Black & Decker as an ind

Hillary Kramer Delaney, 69

Always positive and hopeful Oct 4, 1949 — Aug 22, 2019 ___ Hillary Kramer Delaney of Rocky Hill died August 22 after surviving ovarian cancer for eight years. All the while she lived her life on life’s terms, always positive and hopeful. Hillary was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 4, 1949 to Jacqueline and William Kramer, growing up there with older brother Peter and younger sister Jeremy. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Edgar L. “Trey” Delaney and their sons, Andrew S. Delaney, wife Linda, and Brian H. Delaney, fiance’ Dana Cosgrove. She met Trey in Greenville, SC, they married in Columbia, SC and lived in West Hartford, CT, Birmingham, AL, and Maplewood, before set

Brendan P. Welch, 31

Life long animal lover September 24, 1987 — August 20, 2019 Brendan Patrick Welch of Skillman unexpectedly died on August 20. He was 31. Brendan graduated with a degree in business from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2011, where he served as president of his fraternity, Sigma Chi. Following college, Brendan volunteered his time coaching youth lacrosse in Montgomery. Most recently, he bought and renovated a home in Highlands. A life-long animal lover, Brendan shared his family’s obsession with dachshunds. He spent his free time golfing, fishing, playing guitar, and listening to music. Brendan had an innate ability to connect with people from all walks of life and create true and lasting fr

Local Wineries: A Delightful Way to Spend a Summer Day

A flourishing wine scene is emerging around the Princeton/Montgomery-area, offering quality wine and experiences at a fraction of the cost and effort required to travel to Napa, Tuscany, or the French Riviera. Friday Sunset Sip & Sounds at Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery in Lawrence. From left: Ariel Wai of Salem, OR; Brooke and Josiah Wai of Princeton; and Bryson and Brenda Sewell of Kingston. Montgomery played an important role in the creation of New Jersey’s wine industry, which took off after the state legislature in 1981 relaxed Prohibition-era restrictions on making and selling wine. Operating in Belle Mead from the late 1970s until 2007, LaFollette Winery on Harlingen Road was a tr

Herbert Windsor Hobler, 96

September 25, 1922 - August 10, 2019 Herbert Windsor Hobler, 96, died August 10 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman. Hobler Park on Route 601 across from Cherry Valley Country Club, is named in his honor. Born in St. Louis in 1922, he was raised In Bronxville, NY and Stamford, CT. His family moved to Princeton in 1941. He graduated from the Hill School, a prestigous boarding school in Pottstown, PA then entered Princeton University in the Class of 1944, where he was on the basketball and track teams. He served as class secretary for many years, and was class president for five years. A dedicated Tiger to the end, Herb showed his stripes when this year, he attended his 75th Princeton reu

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