Rep. Mullery To Host Free Shredding Event March 22
On and Off The Mountain/Stephanie Grubert

BEST PIZZA CONTEST-The Mountaintop Welcome Club would like to congratulate the winner of its Best Pizza Contest held during its Fifth Annual Night at the Races on February 21. The event raised funds to benefit the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, Mountain Top Food Bank, Think Pink Foundation and the Mountaintop Welcome Club Crestwood Senior Scholarship Award. The Best Pizza on the Mountain Contest results are: Best Overall Pizza, Ice House Pub; Best Sauce and 2nd Runner Up Best Overall Pizza-Whistle Stop; Best Crust, Tony’s Pizza’ Best Toppings-la Napoli; and Most Gourmet-Luigi’s. A special thank you to all the additional participating restaurants for their support in helping our event to be a success: Crossroads, Dorrance Inn, Januzzi’s Pizza, King’s Pizzeria, III Guys Pizzeria and Wheels.

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, announced that he will host a free shredding event to help his constituents destroy unwanted documents that contain personal information and could be used by identity thieves.

The event will be held from 10 a. m. to noon Saturday, March 22 at Greater Nanticoke Area High School’s parking lot off of Kosciusko Street.

“Strong turnout at two shredding events I hosted last year demonstrated the need for them,” Mullery said. “In Mountaintop, the turnout was so good that we shredded 2.5 tons of material.”

Mullery said common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information.

Residents are asked not to include plastics, such as page protectors, binders and checkbook covers, and metals, such as large spring clips, wire from wire-bound notebooks and file folders with metal prongs in material to be recycled.

This event is only for residential documents. Business documents will not be accepted. Cassettes, binders, plastics, magazines, newspapers and books also will not be accepted.

Documents will be shredded on site.

For information, call Mullery’s Nanticoke office at 570-740-7031.

Welcome spring! Yes that most yearned for time of our new year begins tomorrow, Thursday March 20 at 12:57 p. m. EDT.

Ah, spring! This Spring Equinox brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning, “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the sun rises and sets due east and west. On this special day the sun will rise at 7:05 a. m. and will set at 7:16 p. m. The day length will be 12 hours and 10 minutes.

Not that we need to know all the technical ins and outs of the Spring Equinox, but it is more fun to think about that than another unseasonably cold March day. This week we are looking at 40s for daytime with some precipitation toward the end of the week before the weekend warmup. I always check the weather to see how my walking plans measure up. Too cold and we need more layers.

I will surely be tilling my garden soil in April, getting the new season’s seeds and plants into the ground. Easter is only one month away and it is the latest that it can be. Those birds will be singing their little hearts out before we know it.

Over at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course Manager Tony Barletta is waiting for customers. As soon as the snow is melted off the fairways and greens Tony will be in business. At this writing that could be now.

New Golf Season

Meanwhile the Blue Ridge Ladies Tuesday Night Golf League will hold their organizational meeting on Tuesday March 25 at 7 p. m. at the Blue Ridge Clubhouse. The league welcomes all women who have enough golf experience to keep the ball in play. The league is not an instructional league, but women who want to learn can take lessons from the Blue Ridge Pro. Frequently ladies dedicated to the sport take lessons anyway.

I have the best teacher in the world with my husband Charlie, whose patience surpasses all. He often gives instruction on my weak points and for a time I can incorporate those options into my game. Like most things we do there is a need for refreshment every so often.

Plans are also shaping up for the Fourth Annual Blue Ridge Trail Pink & Blue Golf Tournament on Saturday June 21. That just happens to be the Summer Solstice, another of my favorite days. The tournament supports local cancer charities. The event has generated more than $20,000 in donations in its first three years. The prizes keep getting better and the camaraderie of the golfers is infectious. I will keep Mountaintop Eagle readers posted on the tournament as plans shape up.

Swing for Home Golf Tourney Our reporter Andrea O’Neill is cochairing the first annual Swing for Home Golf Tourney at Huntsville Golf Club on Monday, April 21 at 10am –Easter Monday. Andrea is a participant in the 2014 Run to Home Base, an event that raises money for the Home Base Program. This program partners with Massachusetts General Hospital, Major League Baseball and the Department of Defense, among others, to provide “clinical care and support services to Iraq and Afghanistan service members, veterans and their families…who are affected by…combat are related stress or traumatic brain injury (TBI).” The program offers “clinical and community education… and conducts research to improve treatment and understanding of Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD) and TBI.

Andrea is passionate about the causes that she supports. Look for more on this new tournament in the weeks to come.

KISS Theatre Challenge The KISS Theatre has been in

the news this week. KISS Kids Innovating Stage and Sound) has been successfully managed by Christa Manning for the past five years and has over 500 children who participate in its shows. Christa says that there are at least 50 families from Mountaintop that have participated in KISS productions.

KISS took over space in the Wyoming Valley Mall that had been several small movie theatres. The future of movies at the mall was dead at the time they made use of the space. Five years later the mall owners have other plans for the space they leased to KISS.

There is strong support for KISS from the families that have benefited from its programs and while KISS is looking for a new home they need all the support they can find. Support of the arts is crucial for the community.

St. Patrick’s Day Brisket I cooked up a brisket for our

St. Patrick’s Day meal. It was the easiest meal I have ever made. The directions said to put the brisket into a pot and cover with water and cook for 4 hours. Vegetables including cabbage and carrots were to be added 30 minutes before the brisket was done. I added my veggies and some potatoes into the pot about three hours in and then simmered for another 3 hours. We enjoyed the tenderest flavorful simple meal ever. I could cook it once a week, but I don’t know that I will find beef briskets readily available year round. Still it was fun to enjoy a seasonal meal on one of our favorite holidays.