On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

Winter is here! Yes, the bone chilling single digit winter nights (and sometimes days) have taken over our outdoor recreational choices. I don’t walk when the mercury drops into the 20’s or even the low 30’s. Dog walkers have a different choice. It their pet is willing they will go. The animals don’t like the ice on their paws any more than we do. Last weekend was a double sock event, and Charlie kept our house warm with our trusty wood burner. I am not opposed to turning up the thermostats. We are experiencing global warming.

The Mountain Calendar is shorter in the post holiday season, but there are still plenty of events to experience. The Crestwood and recreational league winter sports call out to sports enthusiasts. Basketball for boys and girls, wrestling, cheerleading, dance recital practice and Odyssey of the Mind preparation are all listed on Crestwood’s Star calendar. Go to csdcomets.orgto get started.

The Winter Coat Drive cosponsored by the Crestwood Key Club and the Wascavage Family was a great success. The Mountaintop Eagle was a drop off this year in addition to the Crestwood High School lobby and we saw first hand how generous the community was in donating beautiful coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats for those in need. With the bitter cold we have already experienced I hope those coats are keeping a lot of people warm.

Football Playoffs

No matter where you live January weather is always a factor in the NFL and the AFL playoffs. We have Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, and Seattle Seahawk fans in our family. The fans in Seattle are rabid. The town never had a professional team until well after I left the area for college and they are as loyal as can be. This year Super Bowl 51 will be at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. Houston won their first playoff game last weekend so they are still in the running for the big event on Sunday February 5, 2017.

I get interested at the end of the sports seasons, when the most competitive teams play for overall honors. The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers for Super Bowl 50 in 2016 and this year neither team made the playoffs. Seattle won the Super Bowl in 2014, played again in 2015 and came up short and would dearly love to have another shot at the big one in 2017.

Just about every bar in Mountaintop has the playoffs and the Super Bowl on their TV’s for the fan’s to enjoy along with some delicious refreshment.

Presidential Transition It has been nearly one year since

the 2016 Presidential Campaign got into focus beginning with the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primary in February. That once in four-year blizzard of candidates and their organizations led off their campaigns for the first look at presidential prowess. That was only the beginning of what some have described as the most contentious presidential campaign in history. Donald J. Trump won the presidency campaigning hard up until the polls closed in the must win battleground states. Pennsylvania was one of those key states and Mountaintop voters at several locations waited hours to cast their votes. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota were crucial keys to the victory.

Next week President-Elect Trump will take the oath of office. Could we really have seen this result one year ago? Most of the country and the world saw it after hours on the day after Election Day. The new show begin immediately and next week and we are sure to witness some surprising developments as the new administration unfolds. Hang on! It could be quite a ride.

So Long Tom We went to press last week before

we saw our faithful Mountaintop weatherman Tom Clark sign off from his WNEP-TV 16 backyard for the last time. Tom retired after 34 years on the job, coming to Wilkes Barre at the tender age of 30.

Tom tendered his weekly weather stats with us for the last 20 years. I consider each weekly edition of the Mountaintop Eagle to be another chapter in our community history and the weekly weather report is part of that commitment. Tom stopped by the Eagle late last month to get some extra copies of the edition that included the retirement feature story our reporter Nicole Fay Barr so beautifully wrote up. It is not often that a person commits to the same job for more than 30 years, but Tom is a special weatherman and we congratulate him on the next chapter of his life.