It has been a few years since Lake Hopatcong topped its dam and could be officially declared "full" before the boating season starts.

Mother Nature or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) were blamed at the heated Lake Commission meetings last year, as an early mishandling of lake outflow by the DEC could not be overcome by the near drought rain that followed. The result was a shortened boating season and many reports of prop damage.

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Anthony Lawson is a New Jersey Press Association multiple award-winning photographer. He has been actively capturing the spirit of Jefferson Township for over a decade; first in the “AIM Jefferson” and now in “The Jefferson Chronicle”. A 25 year resident of the township, he has a four-decade long photography career which included event photography, landscape art, and most recently photo journalism.