The sweet joys of summer are with us in Mountaintop this month. Each day is a new and mostly sunny warm adventure. My garden is growing well. The newspaper mulch is covered with rich homemade compost. The squash, tomato, pepper and broccoli plants are blooming or setting fruit. The garden gives me exercise, joy and some delicious treats for the table. Soon I will be sharing with my neighbors.
Mountaintop has two weekend Farmer’s Markets open again this year. Nuangola has a market at their community center on Saturday mornings from 8 a. m. until 1 p. m. and the Rotary sponsors a market at Crestwood High School from 9 a. m. to 1 p. m. on Sundays. Both have fresh produce, food and hand made items. Charlie has visited the Sunday market twice and reports that the early shoppers are getting the most variety of choice. He got some large juicy tomatoes the first week and the second week they were gone.
There are also some year round markets worth a short drive to visit. Broyan’s Farm Market in Nescopeck has fresh from their fields produce now. There is also Pumpkin Hill and Heller Orchards and Country Folk 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. The harvest will continue to grow as the weeks go on.
Mountaintop Hose Co. Bazaar
This weekend is the final Mountaintop Hose Co. No. 1 bazaar. The event will conclude its multi-decade run with three days of food, music, bounce houses, games of chance and friendly visiting. Dave Hourigan has been at the helm for more than 35 years and the decision to make 2017 the final year was difficult. The volunteer fire company will continue to serve the community and it is debt free with a valuable fleet of fire fighting equipment. The annual donation drive will continue.
The Hobbie Carnival will be held at the end of the month. It is more like a country fair with its tractor pull and abundant homemade food stands and lots of games for the children. Not to be missed is the delicious ice cream, always refreshing on a warm summer day.
Finally, St. Jude’s Picnic will be held in August in the shadow of the new church, which is nearing completion on Route 309. Masses are held this summer in the school gym and the old church has been razed to provide parking space. St. Jude’s has a long history in Mountaintop since its inception in the 1950’s under the guidance of Father Edward Nolan. Masses in the new church are planned for early fall.
July 4th Mountaintop Parade
The Mountaintop Eagle participated in the Mountaintop July Fourth Parade last week. I had requests from two of my four grandchildren to ride in the parade and to throw out candy along the route. The endeavor included dressing up our family truck. Maggie Dicus age 9 and Patrick Dicus, 14 worked on the truck décor and rode in the parade with me. It was the Mountaintop Eagle’s first parade appearance and we all enjoyed the experience.
As Grand Marshal Kate Button had graced our front page the week before the parade we fashioned signs with the newspaper framed by simple stars and fireworks’ art and placed them on the side door panels. We had red and blue balloons, flags, pinwheels, and streamers for color and an ample supply of candy. We soon learned that the chocolate treats we had bought were melting along the way but we had alternative options for throwing out to the parade route crowd.
The view from truck to the people along the route was different than I had imagined. I saw many, many Mountaintop friends from throughout the years and it was fun to call out to them by name. They did the same. We arrived early at the Chalet Restaurant and watched the Crestwood High School Cheerleaders warm up with their routines as we adjusted our float decorations. Soon Wychocks Beverage, A & R Supply and others joined the assemblage.
When you are in the parade you don’t see those in front or in back of you so I missed the motorcycle display at the start and the fire trucks at the end. I did get to talk to Grand Marshal Kate Button, Joan Malkemes, a previous grand marshal and Danny Frascella, who was the Master of Ceremonies for the festivities at the Wright Township Municipal Building at parade’s end. The 1943 antique tank built at the Berwick Car and Foundry for WWII use was on display and Mountaintop on the Move served delicious complimentary hot dogs, red white and blue cupcakes, and soda and water. The speeches were short and America the Beautiful was very touching. The American Legion members raised the flag and a wreath was placed at the veterans’ memorial as Legionnaire Al Finn played Taps.
I would like to thank all of the parade viewers who came out to cheer on the July 4th parade participants. I can honestly say all had a good time.
Busy Family Our house is jumping with activity
these days with three grandchildren and our daughter in daily residence. Charlie Dicus and his dad Mark join us for the weekends. The family took a hike at The Tubs, watched the new Spiderman Homecoming movie and enjoyed a picnic and swimming at Hickory Run. Charlie and I played 12 holes of golf at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club. I always say “Make hay while the sun shines”.
Steam Train Excursion The Mountaintop Rotary Club’s
Steam Train Excursion is Saturday September 9, 2017. The train departs from Penobscot Yards in Fairview Township to Jim Thorpe. The passenger train excursion debuted in July 2014 and was the first in Mountaintop in more than 50 years. The second excursion was last year. I enjoyed both of the rides with my family seeing many 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.