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The British Raid on Flemington

By C.G. Wolfe

6/15/17 In the summer of 1916 there had yet to be a recorded fatal shark attack on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The prevailing thought amongst most scientists was that sharks were “no more dangerous than any other fish with teeth” and not prone to attacking humans - but that would all change over 12 terrifying days at the Jersey shore.

On July 1, Charles Vansant, a graduate student from Philadelphia, was swimming in chest-deep water near the Engleside Hotel in the resort town of Beach Haven, New Jersey. Earlier, he had befriended a dog that he met on the beach. He was trying to coax the dog into the water with him when people on shore saw a shadowy figure in the water heading towards him. They shouted out a warning as a black fin broke the surface and sliced its way towards the unwary bather... Read more on our Ramblings Page

A Tale of Two Mice

We want to thank our friend, Sydney Delle Donne, for this amazing and adorable marionette video. Sydney has developed an ingenious smart phone app. Combining her puppetry know-how with the design and video skills she acquired as a much-sought-after display artist, she’s created an interactive e-book, A Tale of Two Mice, with marionettes, animation, and sound, that can be downloaded on to a smart phone. Kids can read along with the dialogue and press twinkling stars on the touch screen to turn pages and change scenes.  “I always wanted people just to pick up there phones and see a puppet show,” Sydney told us. “Now, if your kid is driving you nuts at the grocery store, you hand them the phone and say ‘here kid watch a puppet show.' It’s really fun and it makes kids want to read!”You can learn more about Sydney in a feature article in the current issue of The BRJ, but you can learn more about her fun and educational app right now, at countrymousepuppets.com

On the graying afternoon of December 14, 1776, two men, just three months apart in age, one the son of a modest farmer, the other the son of a distinguished British admiral, led seven of their men to a wooded patch along a country lane near Flemington, New Jersey - one of them emerged a local hero, the other was abandoned there for eternity.

 Small puffs of steam, barely visible in the half-light of the early morning, flared from the nostrils of the horses and men as British Cornet Francis Geary and seven of his troopers from the 16th (Queen's) Light Dragoons cantered off toward the sleeping town of Flemington, in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Geary and his scouting party were the vanguard of a 500-man raiding force of British infantry that were descending on Flemington. Their mission was to secure a large supply of salted beef and pork intended for Washington's starving army in Pennsylvania, which was reportedly being warehoused in the store of Colonel Thomas Lowery. Geary's job was to ride ahead of the column with his horsemen, locate the provisions, arrest Lowery if he was there, and report back to the main body, which would then march in and raid the town.

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Revolutionary New Jersey

The Larry Maysey Memorial sits on a small island of grass in the center of Chester Borough. It includes a curved granite wall inscribed with the names of all of

Chester’s veterans from the Revolution to the present

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Memorial Day Special Feature

Chester, NJ native Larry W. Maysey was just 21 years old when he shipped out to the Republic of Vietnam in the fall of 1967. Larry was a member of the United States Air Force’s elite Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service (ARRS) - the self-sacrificing para-rescue-men affectionately known as the PJs (para-jumpers). The PJs are a highly-professional, versatile force that has become the 911 for downed pilots, US Special Forces, NASA, and a host of other services and scenarios. According to an article in Stars and Stripes magazine, “They can sneak in and out. They can do recon. They can take out targets.” But what they are trained to do best is save lives. Larry Maysey was on just such a mission, on November 9, 1967, when he was killed during a covert operation deep behind enemy lines, while trying to rescue members of a Special Operations team, giving his own life, fulfilling the PJ’s solemn motto – “That others may live.”

To read more about Larry Maysey and his friends back home, who took it upon themselves to make sure that his sacrifice was never forgotten, please visit our Ramblings Page or click on the article link,  Jolly Green 26: The Story of the Larry Maysey Memorial.

We hope that everyone will take some time this weekend to remember those who gave their lives for our country.

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