Power boat racing next topic in Greate Egg Harbour Township Historical Society discussion series

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Power boat racing champions George Conover and his son George Jr. will be this week’s featured speakers in the Greate Egg Harbour Township Historical Society’s 2014 speaker series.

Conover said he hopes to introduce the public to the sport, which can provide fun for the whole family.

“There are entry level classes and veteran level classes available,” the Egg Harbor Township resident explained. “There is something for everyone in the family to do.”

South Jersey has a deep history in the sport. The hydroplane concepts of the three-point suspension and riding on two-sponsons as well as a propeller were all developed at the Ventnor Boat Works in the 1930s.

Conover said he will share information on the upcoming events in case interested families want to join in.

“The American Power Boat Association has four sanctioned Inboard Hydroplane and Flatbottom racing events scheduled in New Jersey for 2014,” he said, including the Daniel J. Murphy Jr. Memorial Regatta in Mays Landing on Sept. 13-14.

The discussion will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, April 4 in the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave. Adults are $2 donation. Members and students are free.

The society is offering other events throughout the year. All events are held in the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave. unless noted. Unless noted, all adults are $2. Members and students are always free. The museum and research library is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 p.m. or by appointment. Go to www.gehthsmuseum.org.

The schedule is:

Friday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.- GEHTHS Annual Recognition Dinner: The Greate Egg Harbour Township Historical Society will host its annual Recognition Dinner at Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Way. The evening will feature a presentation by township resident Mike Fitzgibbons, who will talk about the Las Balsas Expedition by raft from Ecuador across the Pacific Ocean.

Friday, June 6, 7 p.m. – History of the Millville Airport: The role the Millville Airport played in World War 2, including the impact of the US Army Corp on the area will be discussed in a presentation by Ed Lazarcheck.

 Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Call of Duty: A military timeline on museum grounds will be held with reenactors depicting over 200 years of history of American military. The museum is located at 6647 West Jersey Ave. This event is free.

 Saturday, September 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – Museum Day and Ye Ole Flea Market: Visit the museum and see its treasures or purchase a table and sell some of yours. To purchase a table space, call: 609-813-2002. The museum is located at 6647 West Jersey Ave. This event is free.

 Friday, October 3, 7 p.m. – History of Great Storms that Impacted South Jersey: Presented by Jim Everwine, a longtime National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employee.

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