On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

Our beautiful fall color brightened overnight and within a week much of it has fallen from the trees. On Sunday I took my usual hike up into the Gamelands and the forest has thinned greatly. We have to enjoy it while it’s here for the new leaves won’t be furling for another six months.

Charlie keeps at the leaves in our yard just about every day mowing them and picking them up with our tractor and putting them into our woods. Some of the shredded leaves are in my compost pile, but with an acre of grass the leaf abundance far out paces our garden needs.

My garden yielded a small amount of broccoli this week. As long as the plants are alive I let them go. The final cleanup will be at the end of the week.

Thank you to all who participated in our Ghoulishly Good Giveaway last week. We had many happy customers claiming their prizes for haunted house and Halloween attractions. We gave away 25 family four pack tickets this year. Next year we will get the party going sooner to give more contestants a chance to enter.

Coming up next week is our annual Turkey Give-Away. We have about 25 local businesses that will each have a coupon box in their business and who will each donate a turkey as part of the promotion. Carone’s Market is partnering with the Mountaintop Eagle for the turkeys and winners will pick them up at their store.

31 Years of Community Journalism

The Turkey Give-away has been one of our standard annual promotions for most of the 31 years that I have owned the Mountaintop Eagle. This week’s edition completes our 31st year. I purchased the newspaper from Pete Eyerly, owner of the Press Enterprise newspaper in Bloomsburg on October 31, 1985. I was only 39 years old with three young children and a very patient husband. All helped keeping our publication growing for all those years since.

Kathy Flower has taken the journey with me for all of those 31 years and continues to put together an entertaining, informative and imaginative publication each week. Our graphic designer, circulation director, office manager Sam Murphy motivates us with her energetic approach to all the jobs she does here at the Eagle. Denise O’Connor Manosky has been on the staff for 10 years servicing advertising customers to insure that their businesses send out the message that is right for them. We have four major correspondents: John Wengrzynek is our talented photographer for everything from sports photos to egg hunts. We are always delighted to see what John has found to brighten up our weekly pages. Marcia Thomas has written township and council meetings as well as feature stories for more than 20 years. Andrea O’Neill writes feature stories and covers meetings on occasion. Andrea joined the staff in 2009. Her breadth of experience shows in her work. Our newest correspondent is Nicole Fay Barr, a young mother with two young children that takes on any challenge to get her story. Often Nicole writes the entire front page.

The weekly newspaper business and all newspapers large and small have been challenged in the past 10 years with the downturn in the economy and the growth of online news dissemination. The Mountaintop Eagle’s main product is our print edition, which features the vital information our advertisers seek to deliver to their current and future customers. It is a paid subscription publication, which delights us especially when a subscriber signs up for a multi year renewal.

We put the entire print publication online on our webpage in a format that allows readers to see each page just as it was designed. The Mountaintop Eagle also has a Facebook page, which gives us the option of putting new content up for discussion between our weekly publication dates. With the recent Crestwood Transportation Contract controversy we generated thousands of new contacts.

As we go into Volume 32, No. 1 with our November 2 edition, I thank each customer, subscriber, reader and all of those interviewed for our news pages over the past 31 years for your individual contributions to keeping “31 Years of Quality Community Journalism” alive in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. We’ve got more stories to investigate and publish for the next year and many more.