Local Businesses Thrive, Residents Get Involved
By ANDREA O’NEILL
Correspondent

In 2013, the Mountaintop area was just like any other year in any other community, full of activities, events, friendships, and milestones both happy and sad. Local businesses were created or expanded, local organizations provided friendships and service, and local residents proved that one person could have an impact on the people around them. As 2014 begins, it is fun to look back on all that has happened.

Local Businesses

From art to computer technology to medical research, the small businesses in Mountaintop were celebrating milestones. Mountaintop resident and accomplished commercial artist Anita Herron has been teaching beginners and professionals alike in her studio for decades; not only about drawing and painting techniques, but also about creativity, color and peace of mind. No matter what your skill set, Herron stresses that art has something for everyone, and once you’ve felt that self-satisfaction, it is very difficult to walk away.

“There’s nothing like being creative...even if it isn’t your best work, you’ve accomplished something.”

Dave Kelmer feels the same way about the art that he creates, although his creations do not require a canvas or a piece of paper. Body art has become more and more popular in recent years, and now you don’t have to go off the mountain for a custom, quality tattoo. Dave’s Original Tattoos opened in the Grouse Hill shopping center and, although Dave says that there a lot of misconceptions about tattoos and the people who get them, he is hoping to break some stereotypes here in Mountaintop.

NEPA Geeks, owned by Jason Percival, celebrated seven years in July detecting the problems with our electronics, and then fixing them in a timely manner. From custom builds to upgrades, web hosting to web sites, network and wireless setup and hardware issues, NEPA Geeks do maintenance for both residential and business clients, as well as computer recycling.

Dr. Tom Kislan has opened one of the only dry eye clinics in the area at Hazleton Eye Specialists on the Airport Beltway in Hazleton. Kislan has been practicing optometry for sixteen years and in addition to treating chronic Dry Eye, which affects 60 million Americans, the clinic offers all levels of eye care, from routine care to the treatment of diseases. The clinic is set apart, however, by its medical research, says Kislan.

Sand Springs has a whole new way to enjoy your latest celebration with their 5500 square foot facility, “Celebrations at Sand Springs”. The newest addition to the clubhouse can be reserved for weddings, banquets, Bah-Mitzvahs, Sweet 16 parties, or any other event that one would want to celebrate. The new addition features a cathedral ceiling, windows overlooking the 1st hole, a bridal room, and enough seating for 300 people.

Residents Got Involved

Mountaintop residents were keeping themselves busy in a variety of ways in 2013, whether by working with animals, volunteering, planting beautiful gardens or helping others in need.

The local chapter for the Scranton Diocese Ladies of Charity celebrated their 60th anniversary by taking part in a national “Day of Enrollment” for women who are seeking to volunteer their time in the area, whether in soup kitchens, for Big Brothers-Big Sisters or a simple act of babysitting. The group also gets together to fundraise for their scholarship fund and to get together for reflection and prayer at their annual retreat.

The Friendship Circle at Christ United Methodist Church took on the usual rush of orders for their homemade Easter eggs. The

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