On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

The 2016 Mountaintop July 4 parade and festivities were over the top. The parade ran about 45 minutes beginning with Dr. Mark Bohn’s “Bikes for Stripes” motorcycle brigade at the Triangle. Estimates of the number of bikes in the parade ran into the hundreds. According to our Eagle photographer John Wengrzynek there were about 60 participants.

Many businesses decorated their trucks or made floats on the backs of wagons. The marchers proudly strutted, many holding banners representing their groups. The Mountaintop Woman’s Club and the Relay for Life organizers called out to those they knew. The American Legion 781 Auxillary were beautifully dressed in white pants and red shirts and their uniform hats for the holiday.

Our grandchildren love the parade and always come home with large bags of candy thrown from the floats and trucks

Dave Hourigan was the Grand Marshall riding with his wife Sharon and children Kevin and Meghan. Dave has been a member of the Mountaintop Hose Co. No. One since the age of 16 and has been fire company president for 34 years.

Every Mountaintop fire company was represented. Slocum Township had the loudest sirens. Nuangola, Wright Township, Hose Co. No. One, and Dorrance all had beautiful engines and rescue equipment. The Mountaintop, Dorrance and Slocum ambulance associations were well represented.

The parade ended at the Wright Township Municipal Building, where Supervisor Mike Marshall introduced the dignitaries present. Carl Alber sang America the Beautiful and Alyssa Golden sang the Star Spangled Banner. The laying of the wreath at the veterans memorial was accompanied by American Legion Post 781 Legionnaire Al Finn playing a clear beautiful taps.

Motorcycle captain Mark Bohn presented citations to all of the Mountaintop first responders to include the police, fire and ambulance groups.

Parade organizer Gene Haverlak was thrilled with the participation. He told me he is inviting more fire companies next year.

The night before the big holiday Mountaintop’s gala fireworks display was shot off at the Wright Township park. Our family set up our chairs in the practice football field and we enjoyed several other displays as well. One was northeast and the other was due west sparkling in the late sunset sky.

I enjoy the July 4th celebration the most of the three summer holidays. We still have Labor Day to look forward to as we enjoy the heart of the summer for the next six weeks.

Crestwood Bus Contract

The new Crestwood Transportation Contract was signed July 7, 2016. Mountaintop Hotel Inc and Mountaintop Bus Lines, 101 Nuangola Avenue, Mountain Top will be transporting all Crestwood school students to public and private schools from now until the end of the school year in 2021. The five year contract has a provision for an automatic renewed for an additional 2 years.

The Mountaintop Eagle will have a full story about Mountaintop Bus Lines and their plans in a future edition.

Garden Exercise

My vegetable garden is in its fast growth phase now. I kept up with the weeds and put some more newspaper mulch down over the weekend. I am picking broccoli and lettuce and the squash and beans have flowers so they will be on the table soon too. The tomatoes are bushy and full of blossoms with an early variety now showing tiny tomatoes.

Enjoying a garden has many phases. There’s preparation including tilling, planting seeds and seedlings, mulching and watering, weeding, inspecting for insects and then dealing with them to preserve the crops and finally picking and enjoying.

I get lots of exercise with all of the phases. If my mountain hiking gives me some joint stiffness, the garden moves usually take care of it. The important thing is to keep moving.

The local farm markets offer fresh produce in Mountaintop an beyond. Nuangola has their weekly event on Saturdays from 8 a. m. to 12 noon at the community center. The Rotary sponsors a farmers market on Sunday mornings until the produce is sold.

Broyan’s Farm Market in Nescopeck has an abundance of delicious fresh produce when you take a ride out into the country. There is also Pumpkin Hill and Heller Orchards and Country Folk and and Good Time Mini-Golf offer specialty stops out that way. Continue on to Berwick and the Split Rock Blueberry Farm offers pick your own. Now is the time to take it all in.

Hose Company Bazaar We are also in the midst of the

summer bazaar season. Slocum had wonderful weather for their three-day event. This weekend Mountaintop Hose Company No. One beckons the community to join them for home cooked foods, bouncy houses and games of chance. Later in the month the Hobbie Carnival will feature old fashioned food, the tractor pull event and lots of games for all ages. Capping off the season is St. Jude’s Picnic in August. Each event is unique and you are sure to meet neighbors and old friends.

Train Tickets Going Fast There’s only one more week to

get your tickets for the Mountaintop Rotary Club’s Steam Train Excursion. The train will roll on Saturday July 23 from the Penobscot Yards in Fairview Township all the way to Jim Thorpe. The passenger train excursion in 2014 was the first in Mountaintop in more than 50 years. I enjoyed seeing some familiar landmarks from the train. The tracks have been in use for more than a hundred years and we pass over them regularly. There is a story “on the other side of the tracks” in every town in America. Tickets are available for $70 at Triangle Pharmacy and at rotarytrainride.com.

Fitbit Family We have two more Fitbit family

members this week. Maggie Dicus and Patrick Dicus are enjoying morning and afternoon walks and watching the leaderboard for progress. Each of us is encouraged by the others dedication to the step count. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, Fitbit keeps you thinking about moving. Oh and I do love the challenges and working toward a new badge.