On and Off The Mountain/Stephanie Grubert

Mid June is full of fun times. This week we see the end of the school year, the Crestwood High School graduation and Father’s Day. Day camps are starting this month and families will have more time to enjoy time together.

The Mountaintop bazaar season begins this weekend with Wright Township hosting their event at St. Jude’s Grove Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 13, 14 and 15. Wright now is first responder to both Wright and Rice Townships and has a solid core of volunteers taking care of business. The bazaar features nightly entertainment, great food and games for all ages. Check out the bazaar in this week’s ad in the Eagle.

Pink & Blue Golf Tournament

A project that is near and dear to my heart, the Blue Ridge Trail Pink & Blue Golf Tournament, is coming up Saturday June 21. A small committee of ardent golfers has been working with Blue Ridge Manager Tony Barletta and Banquet Manager Flo Alba for months to put the fourth annual tournament together. I worked on Hole Sponsorships, soliciting gifts from Mountaintop businesses and spreading the word to get foursomes to play was one of my jobs. The other was to practice my putting. We have long ball hitters on our team and my contribution to the score will be around and on the greens. Charlie and I are playing for the third year with and Jerry and Helene Skrocki. My “mixed team” of men and women is gunning for a prize this year. I know who our competition is and we came up short by one stroke last year. The birdie count is on.

It’s not too late to sign up to play. Call Blue Ridge at 868-GOLF (4653) and come on out for a fantastic day of friendship and fun. I can vouch for the course, the meal and the prizes. You won’t be disappointed.

All proceeds are donated to the Prescription Assistance Fund established by Medical Oncology Associates located in Kingston PA to assist cancer patients, who are in critical need of financial support with the purchase of prescriptions.

Cancer touches every family. The Pink (for breast cancer) and the Blue (for prostate and colon cancer) is a reminder for all of us to get those diagnostic tests. Prevention is the best cure.

Vegetables & Flowers The Grubert vegetable garden is mostly planted, weeded, and dusted. I planted the rest of my seeds, did some newspaper mulching and spread weed screen around on the soil to chase the weeds. The deer fencing is up. When I went out to get the annuals this year from Old Post Farm and Albright’s I brought home many, many beautiful plants. All together I had more than 100 plants that needed 100 holes dug, filled with rich compost, covered to the top with soil and watered. The job gave me a lot of stretching exercise and when I was done I just sat on the porch admiring my work.

I hear the train a comin’

The local train ride season is here. I heard the whistle blowing shortly before noon on Sunday June 8 as I was enjoying a round of golf with Charlie at Mountain Laurel Golf Course. Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues starts out I hear the train a comin’, It’s rolling round the bend . . . The whistle I heard was probably from the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, a diesel powered train which has a regular run on weekends from Jim Thorpe to Penn Haven. The Mountaintop Rotary’s July 5th Steam Train Excursion to Jim Thorpe is a unique ride. The description or the trip was in the Eagle’s June 4 edition said the train would leave from Glen Summit, but that is impossible as the track through that area is gone and is part of the Black Diamond Rails to Trails project. The portion going through Glen Summit is not yet annexed with the lower end of the Black Diamond which goes to White Haven and beyond from Mountaintop.

The Rotary Train will depart from the Penobscot yard, which is adjacent to Route 437. Passengers will assemble at the Mountaintop Hose Company Number One and will be bused to the train.

I have read so much about trains, trails, railroad companies, and engines in the past year that a chance to see what transportation was like many years ago and to enjoy the thrill of hearing that whistle is on my agenda. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can go online at rotarytrainride.comor stop in at Triangle Pharmacy. Tickets are $70 apiece and can be mail ordered by sending payment to the Rotary Club of Mountaintop PO Box 233, Mountaintop. There will be no ticket sales after June 30