On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

Fair weather returned with a vengeance last week with Sunday and Mondays high temperatures in the 80’s in Mountaintop. We had forgotten how nice it is to see the sunshine on a regular basis for the past few weeks. It could be the last hurrah for the 80’s.

I got out to enjoy walks on my mountain trail five days out of seven. If I don’t make it in the morning the afternoon heat gets ahead of me and the earlier and earlier sunsets are not good for evening walking. The leaves are falling more and more in the forest. The ferns are now totally dried up and brown and I hear acorns dropping from the trees onto the cars and walkways around home. But for now we must “make hay while the sun shines” and enjoy every minute of the season.

Crestwood High School will enjoy their annual Homecoming celebration this week with daily events at school and a festive parade, football game and king and queen coronation at week’s end. I have been covering Homecoming for all of the 37 years I have been writing the Mountaintop news. Those early queens did not have kings and they now have children in high school. Homecoming is a wonderful tradition.

All the details about Crestwood’s

Homecoming week are published on special pages in this week’s Eagle. Our staff works hard to get the photos, identifications and schedules for the pages. We are grateful to our advertisers who support the community event.

Crestwood Cheer

The Crestwood Cheerleaders are having a “Crestwood Cheer Reunion” prior to the Homecoming game on Saturday September 30. Head Coach is Crestwood Cheer Alumna Kerri Fey, who is organizing the event which includes food and beverages for $10 per person. Kerri has an online store offering Crestwood gear and the traditional pom poms. Be sure to check out the details in this week’s Mountain Calendar.

Kite Festival

A newer tradition will be held this Saturday September 30 when the Fifth Annual Mountain Top Kite Festival once again invites children to make a kite and then fly it at the Rice Township Park. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church is a co-sponsor. They will also hold a Chinese Auction in the park at the same time featuring gift baskets, gift certifiates and other treasures. Proceeds are donated to Ruth’ Place Women’s Shelter in Wilkes Barre. There’s plenty of activity in Rice Township this weekend.

Farmers Market

And don’t forget the Sunday Farmers Market sponsored by the Rotary at Crestwood High School from 9 a. m. to 1 p. m. Locally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs, honey, eggs, hot sauces, baked goods and confection treats are unique to the market, which runs to October 29, 2017.

Four Blooms

The restaurant formerly known as Theodora’s on Route 309 in Drums has put up and “Opening Soon” sign at their location. The Four Blooms restaurant has a Facebook page and is advertising for servers, bussers, bartenders, host(ess), line & prep cooks, expediters, and dishwashers. The page lists an early October opening, which would be next week.

Theodora’s closed abruptly the first week in May 2017 just ahead of the busy Mother’s Day Weekend. The popular restaurant had roots in the van Hoeklen Greenhouses Inc business in McAdoo, PA, owned by Lori and Cok vanHoekelen since 1988. We look forward to learning more about the new Four Blooms. There could be some warm October weather left to enjoy on Four Blooms deck.

The Mountaintop area business community is always evolving. Businesses open, prosper, are bought or sold, and sometimes close. One door closes and another one opens. The Mountaintop Eagle is ready with the story.

Goldenrod and Ragweed

The leaves are changing color more every day and the Goldenrod and Ragweed, which were at the peak of their seasons earlier in the month have begun to dry up too. I did some research on both plants and came up with some noteworthy facts. Goldenrod has bright yellow flowers on top of a woody stem, and common ragweed has deeply lobed leaves and nondescript greenish flowers.

Goldenrod pollen is heavy and spread by insects, and the wind spreads ragweed pollen. Goldenrod is unlikely to trigger hay fever symptoms, while ragweed is a chief cause. Where you find goldenrod, you’re likely to find some ragweed growing nearby. There’s lots of both at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course and along roads and rights of way in our town.

Goldenrod has many medicinal uses and is an effective remedy for upper respiratory inflammation and congestion, rhinitis, seasonal allergy, sinus infection, colds and influenza. The flowers are dried and then infused with oil to make a tincture and ingested in drop amounts. Goldenrod infused oil can be combined with bees wax to make a salve, a traditional remedy for aches and pains including arthritis.

In capsule form Echinacea with Goldenseal root is a plant relative and is often advertised for use with colds and upper respiratory inflammation.

Photos of Goldenrod and Ragweed on the Internet will give you identification of the plants in your yard. It appears that we can enjoy the beauty of the Goldenrod while it is blooming and for the rest of the year too. Not so for Ragweed.