No tickets for the play. Just show up and get ready to laugh. 

Montague to show off 
life-size firehouse plan at festival

By Eric Obernauer New Jersey Herald
Posted: Oct. 18, 2018 12:01 am

MONTAGUE -- Residents will have the opportunity to walk through a full-size floor plan of the proposed firehouse and community center from 1-4 p.m. Sunday {10/21} at the township's Fall Festival and New Firehouse/Community Center Expo.

The township will have the floor plan laid out in the parking lot in front of the municipal building at 277 Clove Road with the firefighting vehicles parked in the proposed firehouse area.

Montague Township Committee members will be on hand to provide a fact sheet concerning the proposed firehouse/community center, for which residents will vote on a proposed $2.175 million bond referendum in the general election on Nov. 6.

The bond ordinance, which the Township Committee approved in a 4-0 vote last December, was put on hold after nearly 200 township voters signed a citizen-led petition to force a referendum on the proposal.

Proponents of the project argue that the current firehouse, which was built in 1950, is in need of replacement by a facility capable of storing all the township's fire trucks under one roof. The new facility, they say, would double as an emergency shelter during storms and natural disasters, and as a community center for Scouting, senior citizen and nonprofit organizations.

Township officials who support the project say that if it is approved, its cost will also be offset by other debt that the township is about to retire, which would result in no net increase in taxes.

Members of the Montague Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to greet the public at Sunday's event, where they'll be serving hamburgers and hot dogs. Cider and doughnuts will be available as well.

Representatives of several other groups will also be present to talk about their organizations and how they envision using the new firehouse and community center, including the Montague Recreation Committee, Montague Grange, MARCH (Montague Association for Restoration of Community History), Montague Seniors, Boy Scout Troop 98, Cub Scout Pack 98, Girl Scout Troop 71072, Montague Little League, Minisink Garden Club, Blue Ridge Rescue Squad, and a representative of the Clean Communities Program. 

Other activities will include a scavenger hunt, hayrides, games and crafts, and an apple cider pressing demonstration.

This story & an image of the projected floor plan are posted at:

Upcoming work begins by Neversink Bridge 
 in Port Jervis, NY.

This will affect those travelling to access Bon Secours Community Hospital or other locations in Port.

Today's Middletown Times-Herald Record relates 
that ground was broken yesterday, Oct. 9th, to start work to replace the 1926 bridge.

Reporter Jessica Cohen relates:

".. bridge replacement has evolved into a larger project that includes widening of East Main Street with a third lane, realignment of three major intersections, and building Safe Routes to School sidewalks.

Intersections with Main Street at Maple Avenue., Kingston Avenue., and Hamilton Street will all be realigned. Sidewalks will be added along East Main, Kingston, and Hamilton, between the middle school and high school.

 “The biggest inconvenience will be in summer, when traffic will be reduced to one lane alternating sides, when a lane is closed, but only between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Before and after that, there’s too much traffic”.

 Demolition will begin on Oct. 22 to make way for the temporary bridge. "
Here is the list of trophies awarded
to Montague participants at the 
98th annual Sussex County Firemen’s Association
 Inspection Day and Parade, hosted by the 
Ogdensburg Fire Department marking its 100th anniversary.

Photos Courtesy of

 Station 35's Fire & Auxiliary Members 
& Troop 98's Boy Scouts!

Firemen’s Parade Trophy

1st Place Best Appearing Boy Scout Troop 
Montague, Troop 98

Troop 98 was the color guard for Montague Fire Department
in the Annual Sussex County Firemen's Parade.

County Trophies

1st Place Best Appearing 
Medium Company — Montague

Best Appearing Overall Auxiliary — Montague

2nd Place Best Appearing 
Engine 1-6 Years — Montague
Visit the Montague Vol. Fire Department Facebook page at
the MONTAGUE RECREATION Facebook page at