On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house the sweet scent of the Christmas tree and seasonal candles gave a holiday feel. The snow outside brightened up the days before the shortest day of the year tomorrow on December 21, 2017, the Winter Solstice 11:28 am in Mountaintop. The sun rises at 7:25 a. m. and sets at 4:38p.m, a total of 9 hours and 12 minutes of daylight. We’re turning the corner this week.

We had some single digit temperatures last week and we could all feel it. Out came the heavy-duty coats, sweaters, socks, hats and gloves. Some of us shoveled snow and others drove carefully through it as our white cover deepened.

By Sunday it was 33 degrees at my house and I ventured out for a walk, my first in 6 days. I am a daily walker for most of the year and I missed the fresh air and exercise. The road out of my yard and my route was mostly clear for the first mile and then I gave the snow covered mountain trail a test. Too much slippery snow sent me back at the first big incline. Heavier boots with better treads would be needed. I walked the half mile back up to the last house on the road and back adding the missing mile to my route. The hike was not as vigorous as it is with better conditions, but I still managed to get my 10,000 steps in for the day.

I could hear the fire engines in the distance, probably taking Santa Claus for his annual tour of Mountaintop. The Wright Township engine was to tour from 9 a. m. to 11 a. m. and the Mountaintop Hose Co. No. One planned to be out and about in Fairview from 1 to 3 p. m. Santa is making lots of appearances this week.

I came out to Mountaintop Saturday afternoon to water my fresh office tree and was amazed at all the traffic in our little town. Everybody had purpose in his or her travels. Nighttime rides around the town are even more entertaining with all of the seasonal lights and yard displays.

Toys for Tots

The U. S. Marines came and picked up our three large overflowing boxes of Toys for Tots last week. We got more after they came and we told them we would bring them up the warehouse in Pittston this week. Our 2017 collection ends today and we will deliver our final collection December 21. Thank you to all who contributed to this important holiday charity.

By now the Mountaintop Eagle’s Holiday Hams have been awarded and picked up. Next year we promise to have a bigger promotion with more hams for all. Thank you to the participating businesses and the Ham Giveaway players.

The Mountaintop Eagle is still collecting winter coats, hats, scarves and mittens until December 29. Take a look in your closet and there may be one or two items that still have life in them but no longer fit or are needed. Your coat donation could make someone warm this winter.

Our shoe collection is ongoing and includes all sizes and styles for men, women and children. We love working with the organizers of the coats and shoe collections.

Grandchildren Our grandchildren are enjoying the

programs of the season. Clementine and Penny Wolpert viewed the Nutcracker Sunday afternoon in Denver with their mother and Maggie Dicus sang her little heart out in the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Holiday Concert. Brothers Charlie and Patrick competed in their indoor track meet in the afternoon before the concert. No words on Kate Dicus’ whereabouts, but most 13 year olds tend to be secretive. Kate has one extra special item on her wish list and I know Santa always rewards good girls. Kate will be 13 three days after Christmas on December 28.

The staff of the Mountaintop Eagle wishes the entire Mountaintop community a very Merry Christmas and a joyous peaceful holiday. We are publishing our annual Letters to Santa Claus from Fairview and Rice and St. Jude’s second graders. The young children’s wishes are fun to read and you may find someone you know on our special pages.

We have nearly three dozen Mountaintop businesses wishing their customers and the community a Merry Christmas and Wonderful Holiday Season. We thank them for their support all year long.