Recently I received a notice that the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council was conducting a Sussex County Telephone Book Cover Photo Competition sponsored by CenturyLink that is open to all SCAHC Members and Non-Members. The photo had to be a scenic location in Sussex County. I thought how wonderful. Living in
Hopatcong I have quite a few photos of the lake that are very scenic and Sussex County contest worthy. Living in Hopatcong we have our own beautiful distinctive landscape apart from the rest of Sussex County. However, I was also curious about the sponsor of this competition – CenturyLink. It happens that CenturyLink was awarded a Gold Ribbon and voted the Best Internet Provider in northwest New Jersey, as per the New Jersey Herald's 6th annual Readers' Choice Awards. The sad part is Hopatcong residents only receive a free Sussex County Telephone book from CenturyLink. CenturyLink does not provide service in Hopatcong.
Now my mind is flash forwarding to a Patch article entitled “Cablevision to Talk at Council Meeting” posted back in September. There were comments on Cablevision vs. Verizon as an internet provider. Not one word was even mentioned of an existing smaller internet company that has been providing internet service in Sussex County with great satisfaction to its customers - CenturyLink.
I am always puzzled how Hopatcong is not “In -The Know “or not included in Sussex County business opportunities. Another Sussex County place you will not find Hopatcong listed is the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce. Search for Hopatcong on their website and the answer you will receive is “Hopatcong" not found in any entries. Too bad, SCCC has a nice webpage on Tourism in Sussex County. “Hopatcong the Town by the Lake” might be a location that appeals to tourism such as finding a freshwater marina, lakeside dinning, or a place to sail,
fish or swim in Sussex County. But Hopatcong is not listed anywhere on this site.
The more I am involved in organizations that are part of Sussex County the further I find myself being part of Hopatcong . Regardless of my feelings, I am entering one of my Hopatcong beach photos in the competition, because even if Hopatcong does not know it, they are in Sussex County.
Why don’t you show Sussex County their forgotten Lake Town and enter your own scenic photo in the competition here are all the details. Photo Entry submissions should be dropped off to Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council SCAHC from February 29 to April 4. Their location is 133 Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860. Here is the link to the details of this Telephone Book Cover – Photo Competition
What are your thoughts? Do you think Hopatcong is often not included in the picture of Sussex County?