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Dennis 5.31.2006

By Rick Racela

My summer travel tip is forget the price of gas, and whatever you do stay away from Mapquest. I have no confidence in that on-line direction finder.
Dig into the bottom of the glove compartment and excavate the old-school style map. Unfold it, figure out where you’re going, and plot your course.
The real trick is folding the map back the right way; what a wrestling match that can be. That’s the only quality Mapquest has over the paper map – you don’t have to worry about folding it when you’re through.
Wherever your summer travels take you, go forward safely.
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Take advantage of the Community Earth Day Project at the Municipal Building on June 10. Learn how to create a model backyard habitat and help enhance our own community.
Call Eileen Turner at 624-3073 or 226-0517 for more details.
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The Senior Center’s Annual Spring Fling is going to be a great time at the Tuckahoe Inn on Sunday, June 4 from 5 – 9 p.m.
Oldies 94 will provide the entertainment so be sure you’re wearing your dancing shoes and packing some Bengay.
Call Rosie at 861-3137 for info.
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The recreation center spring schedule is out. The schedule may say spring, but the fall activity registration dates are listed.
Football sign ups are right around the corner. Early bird special day is June 6 from 3 – 6 p.m. This one-day only offer is a great bargain. 
Other registration dates are July 11 and 25. The last day to register is July 31.
See what I mean? It’s the spring schedule but loaded with summer and fall information.
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Aug. 1 is our favorite night of the year, National Night Out.
McGruff comes to town – do I need to say more?
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Summer activities for the kids are everywhere you look. There’s everything from Z to A. Zoo camps, basketball camps, and summer camps galore.
“Where’s the A?” you say. Authors are Awesome, a creative writing camp for your budding Hemmingway begins this summer.
Call 463-1900, ext. 1216 and sign up for a great way to have fun and learn an important skill, creative writing.
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Here are a few important dates for the middle school kids, particularly the eighth graders, now that confirmation is over.
June is chock full of excitement. Graduation will take place at the Middle Township PAC on June 13 at 6 p.m. You don’t need a ticket to attend and everyone is welcome. 
The administration is requesting that an adult accompany any students that plan on attending to watch their friends graduate.
Also at the PAC, the Spring Concert will be held on June 1.
The eighth grade trip to Williamsburg is June 7, 8, and 9. 
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It’s a busy month for everyone. Of course, let’s not forget Father’s Day.  Can you say, “Dad, can I have a twenty?”
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Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means: traffic, mosquitoes, barbeques, and the highly anticipated Public Works summer schedule.
That’s right, the sound of the trash truck grinding outside your house will start at 6 a.m.
I’d think about getting the garbage out the night before your area’s scheduled day. Some raccoons will be happy about that.
Call the guys who keep our township looking so good at 861-5309 for any other information you may need.
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There’s more about horses this week than just the Triple Crown races.
The Weygand kids participated in the Middlesex County 4-H Hippology and Horse Judging Contest. Jared placed fourth out of forty junior competitors in the Hippology individual horse placing.
Brelynn was the only 4-H’er from Cape May County to compete in the Horse Judging Competition. Earlier in March, both kids competed in the 4-H State Horse Bowl Competition. Jared was on the first place Junior Team in the state.
Congrats to these horse loving kids from Belleplain.
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Speaking of kids in our township to be proud of, Kati Moran, eighth grader at our Middle School, won First Place in the scholarship test for Wildwood Catholic High School. Sounds like Kati will continue to be an excellent student for the Crusaders. 
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Short column this week with holiday deadlines and all.
Be safe and call me with your stuff.

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