Skylander 5k & 10k Challenge: Show your school spirit

Sussex County Community College is hosting its 10th annual Skylander 5k & 10k Challenge on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Be prepared for some hilly parts on the course. We ran the 5k race last year and were delightfully challenged. This year we’re registered for the 10k.

A new feature: Come dressed as your favorite hero. The winning team will have a $500 scholarship named after them or their favorite hero. That’s pretty cool!

All proceeds benefit the Sussex County Community College Foundation and student scholarships. Contact 973-300-2121 or email for more information.

Click here to register.


Date: Sunday, Oct. 1

7 a.m: Packet pick up
9 a.m. races start

$30; USATF-NJ: $27 until Sept. 22
SCCC & Area Students (K-12): $15

SCCC Campus
One College Hill Rd.
Newton, N.J. 07860


Healthy recipe we love: Chicken Pot Pie w/ Chive Mashed Potatoes

The cool weather will be here before we know it, even though we’ve been sweating bullets all month long. Be prepared to make the fam a comfort-food classic with this delicious take on the chicken pot pie by Jersey Fresh.

Be sure to visit the local farmer’s market for fresh, local ingredients!

2 lbs whole chicken breasts with skin and bones
1 cup pearl onions, unpeeled
2 Jersey Fresh medium carrots, cut into ¼-inch thick slices
2 Jersey Fresh celery ribs, cut into ¼-inch thick pieces
½ cup Jersey Fresh peas
¼ pound mushrooms, sliced thin
2 TBS unsalted butter
¼ cup Jersey Fresh shallots, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
¼ tsp Jersey Fresh thyme, crumbled
¼ tsp Jersey Fresh tarragon, crumbled
¼ cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup Jersey dry white wine
2½ cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

Mashed Potatoes:
1 ½ pounds Jersey Fresh potatoes
¼ cup sour cream
3 TBS Jersey Fresh chives, minced
salt and pepper to taste

To make filling: In a large saucepan, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Add chicken and simmer, uncovered 25 minutes. Remove pan from heat and transfer chicken to a bowl, discarding cooking liquid. Cool. Discard skin and bones. Cut chicken into ¾-inch cubes.

Bring 2 quarts water to a boil and cook onions until tender. Transfer onions to a bowl of cold water, reserving cooking liquid in pan. Peel onions and add to chicken. Return reserved cooking liquid to a boil and cook carrots and celery until just tender. Drain carrots and celery and add with uncooked peas to chicken mixture.

Cook mushrooms in ½ TBS butter over moderate heat, stirring, until softened and golden brown and add to chicken mixture. Cook shallots with bay leaf, thyme, and tarragon in remaining 1½ TBS butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until soft and pale golden and stir in flour. Cook mixture, stirring, 3 minutes and gradually whisk in wine, broth, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer sauce 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.

Discard bay leaf. Pour sauce over chicken mixture and stir until combined well.


For Mashed Potatoes: Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Cover potatoes with water and simmer until very tender. Drain potatoes and reserve about 1/3 cup cooking liquid. In batches, force potatoes through a ricer or food mill fitted with medium disk into a bowl and stir in sour cream, chives, salt and pepper to taste, and enough reserved cooking liquid to reach a fluffy consistency. Do not use a food processor. Transfer potatoes to pastry bag filled with a ½-inch fluted tip.

Spread filling in a 1½ to 2-quart gratin dish or other shallow baking dish. Pipe mashed potatoes decoratively in mounds on filling and bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven until filling is bubbling and potatoes are golden on edges, about 25 minutes. Serves 4.



Fencing classes in Sparta

National Fencing Alliance-NFA is holding group and individual fencing lessons to children, youth, middle and high school, as well as college students and adult fencers at the Sparta P.A.L.

Students can learn fencing with all weapons: saber, foil, and epee.

The NFA at P.A.L. Sparta Fencing Program will teach footwork, drills and bouting techniques on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the PAL building located at 38 Station Road, Sparta.

According to the NFA website, fencing is a sport of speed, flexibility, coordination, reflexes, and tactics. Strength, concentration, a sense of observation, perseverance, and self-control are skills essential to fencers. Athletes must have good respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and be able to recover easily, as fencing involves a series of intense exertion.

For more information, call 973-910-3774 and visit

Download a registration form here.

Annual 5k honors fallen officer

Come out and honor Corporal Christopher M. Shea on Sunday, October 1 during the annual Corporal Christopher M. Shea Memorial 5k.

Corporal Shea’s cruiser was struck head-on by a drunken driver on July 18, 2004, while in the line of duty.

Now in its thirteenth year, the 5k event raises money for high school graduates entering the fields of Law, Law Enforcement, and/or other Civil Service. All profits from the money raised are awarded as a scholarship to graduating seniors from Kittatinny Regional High School and other local area schools in honor of Corporal Christopher M. Shea.

The course is a double loop of the bucolic Swartswood State Park campgrounds. The race starts and finishes on the shores of Swartswood Lake.

Click here to register and for more information.


Date: Sunday, Oct. 1

Time: 11:30 a.m. bib pick-up/registration; 1 p.m. starts the 5k race; 1:45 p.m. starts the 1-mile fun run

Cost: 5K is $15; fun run is $10

Swartswood State Park
Swartswood, NJ

Healthy recipe we love: Autumn Chowder

We found this on the Jersey Fresh website and loved it! It’s the perfect way to welcome the beginning of autumn.

2 TBS olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
½ tsp pepper
2 TBS flour
2½ cups Jersey Fresh potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup Jersey Fresh carrots, sliced
1 cup Jersey Fresh onion, finely chopped
3 cups milk
½ tsp salt
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 cups Jersey Fresh corn, cooked and cut from the cob

Heat oil in a Dutch oven. Add onion and cook until tender. Stir in chicken broth, potatoes, and carrots. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in milk, corn, pepper, and salt, and heat until simmering. Mix cheese and flour and add to soup mixture, stirring constantly until cheese is melted.

Serves 8.

Click here to visit Jersey Fresh.

Run/Walk for brain disease cures

Ya’ll better come out to Wild West City Saturday, Sept. 23 for the Endorphin 5K/2K Run or Walk to Fight Brain Disease.

This annual event raises funds for the IES Brain Research Foundation. The Foundation “seeks to help further research and education and to help find answers to addiction & pain and other brain diseases and disorders, such as schizophrenia, brain cancer, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.”

Starts on the dirt road by the Saloon and ends by the General Store at Wild West City.

Click here for more information.

See ya out there, cowboys.


Date: Saturday, Sept. 23

Time: In-person registration: 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; start time: 9 a.m.

Cost: $35 Cash in-person

Wild West City
50 Lackawanna Drive
Stanhope , NJ US 07874