On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

The 2016 presidential trek to the White House had significant results last week as Republican Donald Trump continued to win in New Hampshire and South Carolina and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are virtually tied for second. All three candidates have very different campaign styles and their speeches at the end of each round all claim victory. There are only five Republican candidates left in the process. Jeb Bush called it quits and John Kacich and Ben Carson have not gotten on the fast track.

And then you have the Democratic race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Despite Clinton’s history of heavy financial support from the big political action committees. Clinton also has the FBI investigation into her email practices when she was Secretary of State looming. Sanders touts his overall relationship with individual voters donating nominal amounts and therefore votes to him from every state. Sanders socialist agenda is hard to swallow, but then talking about it and executing it are two opposite positions. Sanders has made Clinton spend money on her way to what she considered her entitled position within the party to be the 2016 nominee.

So we have two senior candidates in their late 60’s and one in his early 70’s, with Trump, Clinton and Sanders. The mid 40’s Rubio and Cruz, first term senators both of Cuban descent, have energetic campaigns that are dedicated to their positions. Rubio is not afraid to call out to the seniors for answers to their records. Cruz has his supporters too.

All of the candidates face their biggest test on Super Tuesday March 1. Fifteen primaries in states from Alabama to Wyoming with vastly different constituencies will solidify or challenge the candidates from both parties.

I am always very interested in the politics of the week, whether it is national, statewide or local. I don’t think however that the general public is as enamored of the process as some might think. A few weeks ago I researched the participation percentage for voting in presidential elections only 54.9% of the total of citizens of eligible voting age participated. It has been downhill since 1960 the highest voter turnout of the century with 62.8% and the election of John F. Kennedy.

Community Events There are lots of community

events in this last month of winter. Spring is now less than a month away on the calendar and the temperatures have definitely moderated. I wonder if the El Nino effect talked about so much out west has something to do with our overall milder winter than the previous two.

The baseball and softball programs include children from ages 4 through 18, pre-school to high school graduation. My children participated from the age of 9, back in the late 70’s and 80’s. There’s nothing wrong with getting started early. Charlie Grubert introduced our grandson Charlie Dicus to the game of golf at age 3 and now at age 14 he can easily drive the ball more than 150 yards.

The Easter Egg Hunts will once again on the calendar. Rice will have their hunt on March 12 with a rain date of March 13. There will be lots of chocolate bunnies at the Rice Easter Egg hunt, chaired by Holly Guidish with support of Parks and Recreation liaison Supervisor Rick Arnold. Be sure to find out about the other Mountaintop Easter egg hunts in the Mountaintop Eagle.

Library Donations I was happy to read the long list of

new books that have been donated to the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library over the past few months in last week’s edition. Fiction, non-fiction, large print and DVD categories were donated by individuals and also in memory of friends and family. The Blue Ridge Trail Ladies League donated five books in memory of Matt Kachurak, a wonderful young man many of us knew from playing at Blue Ridge. Matt tragically died in an auto accident July 25, 2015. Matt had worked at Blue Ridge from the time he was 16 years old and was a beloved member of the Blue Ridge Golf Club family. The books donated in Matt’s memory are golf themed.

The Kirby Library is a wonderful resource for readers of all ages. It celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. If you haven’t visited the Kirby Library in a while it is worth the time and you may find titles you had not thought of to enjoy.

Relay for Life The Mountaintop Relay for

Life 2016 event continues to hold fundraisers in support of reaching their million-dollar year. Regina Kloeker is the chairman of this year’s event and is an enthusiastic leader. “We’re only $25,000 away from our goal”, she enthusiastically told us here at the Eagle in December. The Relay committees will next meet March 2 at 6 p. m. in the Crestwood High School Library/Media Center. New teams are invited to participate.