Potholes Make Driving Hazardous
New Jersey’s rough snowy winter and last week's warm spell have resulted in potholes all over the State. Potholes occur when melted snow and ice fill the cracks in roadways expanding when the water freezes then leaving a void when warmer weather melts the newly formed ice. The weight of vehicles driving over these newly created voids causes the pavement to collapse, forming a pothole.
Driving on Route 130 on Sunday it was difficult to avoid the potholes during daylight hours but once it became dark they were difficult to see and impossible to miss. Be extremely careful and try to avoid night driving when possible.
Milltown Mel Predicts Early Spring
As I gaze out my window at the ice and snow hanging from every tree, I take comfort in the knowledge that Milltown Mel, the borough’s groundhog extraordinaire, had predicted an early spring. Since becoming the official groundhog of Milltown Borough, five years ago, Mel has never been wrong. More than 200 people came out on a relatively mild February 2 morning to witness the prediction.
According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on Feb 2, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
Trout Coming to Thompson Park
Thanks to the efforts of Boy Scout Troop 60, Manalapan Lake in Thompson Park was recently added to the State Division of Fish and Wildlife's Trout Stocking Program. Hopefully the Lake will be stocked in time for summer fishing however, the actual date won't be announced until February.
Recently, the Middlesex County Division of Parks and Recreation built a boat launch at Manalapan Lake. This will permit individuals to fish from either manual or electric powered boats. Depth measurements and oxygen readings were taken to ensure the viability of fish living in the lake. Troop 60 then constructed more than 80 fish habitats at the Department of Public Works garage. The habitats were made from brush and concrete. In August 2012, the lake received a large number of fish transported from Brainerd Lake in Cranbury when its dam broke.
Freshwater Fishing licenses are required for residents 16 to 70 years of age. For NJ residents age 70 and over, a driver's license or other acceptable proof of age containing date of birth and physical description will function as the actual fishing license. Licenses can be purchased from most sporting goods stores and Wal-Mart.
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