On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

As we close out January our Mountaintop weatherman Tom Clark files an encouraging upbeat report. Last week the average high daily temperature was 43°, a nice increase from the single digits and below at the beginning of the month. Tom says “By the end of February our average high is around 40 and the sun sets at 5:54.” So it appears that while the month will yield an additional 34 minutes of daylight at the end of the day, we have already enjoyed a mild January week. Less than 5 months to the Summer Solstice on June 21.

I always start thinking of my new garden as the winter wears on. I can’t plant until May, and that time will come. One of the best things about each passing day is that the sun is getting stronger and we are leaving behind those dark days and reaching toward the light.

Pet Edition

We had our first pet edition last week with stories about Murielle’s Place, a sanctuary for senior dogs and Whisker’s World whose mission is to trap and save homeless and feral cats in addition to finding lost pets.

Animals can give their love and companionship to their owners. Often they adopt a family. Two strays came into my yard more than four years ago at dusk, their eyes glowing bright. They were gothic cats to me. We named them George and Miller. Eventually Miller disappeared but George stayed waiting for an invite inside our house. My daughter Lara wanted me to socialize George so that she could take him home to Brooklyn. By the time George was ready for a permanent change I took him to the vet and we learned that George was a female. She is a loving pet that spends most of her time in her city house and in the summers returns to Mountaintop with the Dicus family and has a great time romping through the house and yard.

Pets bring a lot of joy to their owners and responsibility too. They need a safe place to sleep, food and protection from people and animals that could do them harm. I have had dogs and cats from childhood and beyond. There is a commitment and responsibility with a pet.

Nancy Merrick lost her beloved cat “Blackie” in the fall when he ran out the door to her camper at the Dorrance rest stop on Intestate 81. The Eagle ran ads for months in an attempt to raise awareness about the missing cat. Nancy worked with Whisker’s World to locate her beloved feline and eventually adopted another “Blackie” that had been found by the cat rescue organization. They are still searching for Blackie and hope he will be located soon. Lost animals leave a hole in their owner’s hearts.

Super Bowl Fun

I’m looking forward to Super Bowl LII (52) this weekend. I will be rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles. Any Pennsylvania team is near the top of my rooting list. The Eagles have not played in the Super Bowl for 37 years, since 1981. The Eagles have been waiting for years and will square off against the New England Patriots, who have won the title five times including 2017, 2015, 2005, 2004 and 2002. The Patriots have played in the Super Bowl 10 times.

The game is one of the few times per year that I get excited about a professional sports event. The NCAA March Madness tournament is another and depending on who is playing, I can hang in for a World Series championship too.

Plan to host or enjoy a house party or go out and meet friends at one of Mountaintop’s fine casual restaurants. All have multiple TV’s and lots of suds and snacks to enjoy. Be sure to check out the Mountaintop Eagle for local venues to view the Super Bowl or order take out for your party.

Historical Society The Mountain Top Historical

Society has reorganized after a three-year hiatus. The first meeting on January 22 had a group of 21 individuals all excited to bring back the historical society. They discussed various topics including that this year will mark Mountain Top’s 230th Anniversary. The group is considering an event to commemorate this milestone that may tie into the July 4th parade. The next meeting for the Mountain Top Historical Society will be held on Monday, February 26th at 7pm in the Fairview Township Municipal Building. Throughout the year, the meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of each month.

Current Giveaways The Eagle is excited to give our

readers more chances to win tickets to local events and attractions! Currently, you can enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game on Saturday, February 17th when they take on Utica. The entry form can be found on page 11. You can also enter to win a four pack of tickets to see The Harlem Globetrotters on February 24th at the Mohegan Sun Arena. This entry form is located on page 7.

In addition to entering via mail, you have the option to enter through our Facebook page at facebook.com/mountaintopeagle.Share the contest on your Facebook page after you enter and receive one extra entry for each friend that enters!

Coming up in March we will have our 3rd Annual Easter Coloring Contest for ages 3 through 8. Watch the paper and also our Facebook page for more details!