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    Vol. 6 No. 8 August 2014




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    By Joseph Stanley Kurp Jr.


    or over twenty three years, Deacon Frank Owens hasbeen a beloved figure in Chester, and especially at St.Lawrence Church. Since he was ordained as a

    Deacon, he has contributed in becoming a major part St.Lawrence and the entire Chester community.

    To commemorate his meaningful years of service withhis retirement from active diaconate ministry nearing,Frank and his family will be honored on Sunday September21st, 2014 during the 11:30AM mass at St. Lawrence, locat-ed on Main Street P.O. Box 730 in Chester.

    Along with Frank and his family being honored duringmass, a reception will follow at St. Lawrence Church Hall,located at the churchs lower level. The reception, whichincludes lunch and mingling with other parishioners looksto bring Franks family and the entire St. Lawrence commu-

    nity together to celebrate his many years of service.I dont remember ever wanting to become a deacon, but

    I did feel a strong urge to live a life of service said Frank.That is exactly what the role of deacon is, to be of service.

    Frank is a North Carolina native as he was born inAsheville. Married for over 50 years to Conchita Owens,the two, along with their 3 children have been residents ofChester since they moved there from South Jersey in 1974.

    Before becoming a Deacon, Frank received an under-graduate degree in the field of music and had a career inteaching high school instrumental music for a year. Aftermoving to New York City, he found it difficult to land amusic position and started working in the airline industry.

    Longtime St. Lawrence Deacon to be Honored for Years of Service

    Frank worked as an Airline Industry Manager for AT&TMarket Management and worked for many years with TransWorld Airlines in cities like Kansas City, New York,

    Philadelphia, and Washington. After leaving the airlineindustry in 1985, he had a HR career with a specialty in out-placement until 2004.

    Wanting to live a life of service, Frank began his dia-conate formation in 1988, about 12 years after he and hisfamily joined St. Lawrence in 1976. Franks family has con-tinued to receive unconditional love from the St. LawrenceChurch family and have been fully committed to serving theChester and St. Lawrence community ever since then, espe-cially since Frank retired from full time HR consulting.

    Frank especially loves serving the children of Chesterbecause he feels they are always open and that they may befuture contributors to the church and its community.

    Through baptisms, funerals, joys, and sorrows, Chesterfamilies have honored me by inviting me into their heartsand homes said Frank. These relationships are solid andunconditional, built and sustained by love and all throughthe grace of God.

    Although Frank is retiring from active ministry, Frankremains committed to serving the St. Lawrence and Chester

    communities as administrative duties and other scheduledemands for Frank will now enable him to expand his serv-ice commitments.

    Deacon Frank Owens

    The Chester First Aid Squad is once again partneringwith Chester Township and Chester Borough to organ-ize the popular annual Town-Wide Treasures Garage

    Sale. The event will be held on Saturday, September 13th,from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, with a rain date of Sunday,September 14th - As in past years, sellers can set up at theirhomes, and for a $10 fee be listed with key items on a masterlist on a town-wide Google map. This is a convenient methodfor treasure hunters and sellers alike. Last year over 40 house-holds participated in the event.

    As an alternative to setting up at home, sellers are invitedto display their wares at the centrally-located CFAS headquar-ters location at 100 North Road across from Black River

    Middle School in Chester. Local community groups and busi-nesses are also welcome to set up a table, as well as residentsof neighboring towns. For a spot at the CFAS location, a tax-deductible donation to CFAS of $20 is requested. Participantsshould bring one or two tables; chairs will be provided. CFASwill provide free popcorn, and soda and water will be avail-able for sale. Free ambulance tours will be offered to the pub-lic.

    For more information about the Town-Wide TreasuresGarage Sale Event, email: [email protected];To participate, register at:

    Chester First Aid Squad (CFAS) Partners with Chester Twpand Boro for Annual Town-Wide Treasures Garage Sale

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    Tickets are now on sale for the Chester

    Lions Club sponsored "Mark Twain

    Himself" show that will take place at

    the Black River Playhouse on Saturday,

    October 25th at 7:30 PM.

    One hundred years ago Mark Twain was the

    most popular speaker and entertainer in the

    world. He traveled the world packing the-

    aters and town halls. "Mark Twain

    Himself" returns author and humorist

    Samuel Clemens to the stage. All from the

    pen of Mark Train and authentic in every

    detail, this very entertaining and hilarious

    show is performed live on stage by

    acclaimed stage actor Richard Garey. This

    is great theater chock full of comedy and

    heartwarming drama.

    Tickets are priced at $18 per person andmay be obtained by contacting Lion Stan

    Pukash at [email protected]

    Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly

    "A man who carries a cat by the tail

    learns something he can learn in no other

    way." Mark Twain

    Mark Twain Himself

    Chester Lioness Club meets on the

    first Thursday of the month (except

    July and August) at 6:30 PM in the

    Lamplighter Restaurant, 190 West Main

    Street, Chester, NJ.

    New members are welcome. For more

    information phone Holly Simmenroth 908-


    The clubs purpose is to encourage civic

    minded persons to serve their community

    and foster a spirit of understanding among

    the people of the community, state and

    world. Activities include raising funds to

    provide scholarships to high school gradu-

    ates for further education, assisting The

    Jersey Battered Womens Association,

    Camp Marcella for the Blind, The NJ

    Foundation for the Blind, The Lions

    Charitable Foundations, The American

    Cancer Society, Chester Area Senior

    Housing, Chester Lions Club Oktoberfest,

    The Chester Theater Group, The Chester

    Food Pantry, The Messiah Community

    Resource Corporation, Operation CHILL-

    OUT, Homeless Solutions , Community

    Hope, Matheny Medical and Educational

    Center, The Market Street Mission,

    Creative Heartworks, The Chester Theater

    Group, The American Cancer Society,

    Operation Jersey Cares providing "We

    Care" packages for the Armed Services , as

    well as participation in Community Events

    and The Chester Lions endeavors.

    Chester Lioness Club Activities

    Washington Township Recreation

    Chef it up 2 go is going kid show

    crazy!! We will have our little

    chefs and their mom, dad, nana, etc. prepare

    some fun foods from one of our favorite Kid

    Shows or Movies!!

    Chef it up 2 go is for ages 2-5 and will be

    held on Thursdays September 18- October9, 2014 from 4pm-5pm at Washington

    Township Senior Center, Long Valley with

    a non-refundable fee of $45. Space is lim-

    ited so register no later than September 11,


    For more information contact the recre-

    ation office at (908) 876-5941or email us at

    [email protected] or visit our web-


    Washington TownshipCooking Class for Ages 2-5

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    ealth Supportive Chef Sue

    Stimpson will teach us how to cre-

    ate delicious and healthy fruit, veg-

    etable, green juices and smoothies. We will

    also learn about equipment, tools, tips and

    tricks to make juicing smoothie creations a


    Washington Township Recreation

    Department is sponsoring this free healthy

    cooking on Healthy Smoothie on

    Wednesday, September 24 at 12:00pm at the

    Senior Center in Rock Spring Park, Long


    Please join us to learn about fun and easy

    plant based meals to be added to your diet.

    This class is opened to all ages and pre-reg-

    istration is required.

    Call or email Recreation to register at

    (908) 876-5941 [email protected]

    before September 19, 2014.

    Washington TownshipHealthy Smoothies


    n September 7th at 9:30am, the

    Stanhope United Methodist Church

    in Netcong will hold its yearly out-

    door worship service, followed by a picnic.

    The service will include communion. All

    are welcomed to attend. The church is

    located at #2 Route 183 in Netcong. For

    more information call 973-347-0247.

    On Saturday, September 27th from

    10 am - 3 pm the United

    Presbyterian Church in Flanders

    will be holding its

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