On and Off The Mountain/Stephanie Grubert

The colors are changing by the hour. My son Mark was born on September 29, a date that I always remember has having the first changes of color of the season in South Jersey, where we lived in 1973. We moved to Mountaintop five years later when my daughter Lara was 8 and my youngest Amy was 2. It was the height of the fall color splendor, October 12, Lara’s birthday. Forever more I always look forth to the peak of color with our family’s milestones in mind.

This weekend the Gruberts will return to Mountaintop for the fall birthday weekend. Lara and I have October birthdays and Mark’s is in the same astrological sign. We are Libras and we celebrate together. Amy and her family are Colorado residents and we saw them in Mountaintop last year but Facetime will do for this season. We talk regularly and with Facebook, Instagram and email a pictoral message is only a minute away.

Lara loves the fall more than any other season. I too marvel in the colors but the change is so fast that within a month we are facing 6 long months of leafless trees, short days and cool to cold temperatures. I won’t even go toward the winter this week.

I have been walking every day for just about every day of the year, but I took a break last Saturday when the rains came. I spent the dark wet hours reorganizing and purging my closet, drawers and storage bins to get things in order for the coming months.

Glimmers of Sun

Saturday was gloomy and dark and Sunday’s forecast called for “glimmers of sun”. As I was enjoying my morning coffee and glancing out the window I saw the “glimmer” about 8 a. m. I figured we might see something positive by the afternoon. Well those “glimmers” evolved into one of the finest days of October in any year. I was ready for a whole day of outdoor activity.

I trekked up my street on my way to my four mile mountain hike thrilled for the bright morning and the warming temperatures. Sunday was living up to its name. Charlie confirmed that golfing was on the queue and I eagerly got ready for the outing. Mountain Laurel Resort was transformed from its recent dried out fairways and its lush greenery was a stunning contrast to the changing orange, rust and brown foliage of the day. I played fairly well carding a par and several bogies, the most that I can hope for with my golf skills.

Last week I played 18 holes at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course in Mountaintop, which suffered no dried out brownouts. Golf Course Superintendent Duane Schell is a master of golf course greenery. Blue Ridge has resort caliber conditions at all times. Between the two courses Mountaintop has the lock on exquisite public golf.

Staff Support

Our hard working editor Kathy Flower traveled with her husband Rich to visit their son Todd and his wife Elisha and their three children in Phoenix last week. Kathy’s professional dedication extends to preparing most of the next week’s edition before her plane leaves the East coast. Sam Laskowski, our energetic graphic artist, receptionist, business manager and circulation manager and fill in for all jobs in the office took up most of Kathy’s duties. I volunteered to write up the sports reports and compile the week’s obituaries. Happily all went well and Kathy returned for Monday’s completion of this week’s paper. This week I will fill in for Sam while she is away visiting relatives in Florida. Walking in the shoes of the others on our Eagle team is always challenging and good for me.

Rotary Run/Walk The Mountaintop Rotary Club’s

5K Run/Walk was on Saturday October 3. The weather could have not been more unfavorable but the faithful showed up. Billy Tomalinas posted his participation on Facebook and that he had finished 4th place overall. The run in Mountaintop was the first in many, many years. The Rotary is dedicated to sponsoring fun and healthy community events.

Brew and Barbeque The Kiwanis Club of Mountaintop

is hosting a Brew and Barbeque at the American Legion Park Sunday October 11 from 12 noon to 5 p. m. Cost is $25 per person and includes specialty brews, CIBO Pig Roast, DJ Chris P., 2 live bands and 2HDTVs for patrons to enjoy Sunday afternoon football. The event is the first for the Mountaintop Kiwanis and member Chris Payne is enthusiastically looking forward to welcoming the public. Call 570-788-2311 or email cpayne033@gmail.com.

Ice House Golf Tournament Ice House Pub held their annual

golf tournament in support of breast cancer awareness and the Think Pink Foundation last Saturday. The rain did not deter the golf tournament’s faithful following to support their annual event. Congratulations to Ice House Pub for another successful cancer awareness and support event.