On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

As our weather last week turned sharply colder for November I dug out my warmest gear for my daily hike into the Gamelands near my house. The animals were quieter last week with the Rut season winding down. We still have a few apples on our backyard tree and the small herds come and check it out a couple of times a day but time is nearing for the big hunt.

I was very interested in a story published in the Times Leader on Sunday about a 502-pound bear that was harvested on October 31 in Rice Township. Devon Woolfolk took down the prize bear, the largest this year in archery season.

I came upon a huge black bear on October 26 in Gamelands 207 in Rice Township. When I first saw the black form on my trail ahead I thought it was a truck. Occasionally I see a truck this time of year as hunters could be scouting the area for animals. As I got closer I could see the bear looking at me and I stopped to watch. I took out my iPhone and since I was a good 200 to 300 feet away carefully adjusted my screen to enlarge the photo to get my shot. There was no way I was going to approach the bear. After a minute or so the bear scrambled off the trail and down into a ravine area. I turned and headed down, making up for my lost mileage on my walk by doubling up my route on the way home.

I have no way of knowing if the 502 pound bear Devon Woolfolk took in Rice Township was the same one I saw on October 26 but I know my bear was a huge bruin. I wasn’t anxious to return to my woodland trail but did so with caution on October 31. No bears seen for the past couple of weeks.

General Election

The 2017 General Election turnout was better this year with 24.24% of registered voters casting ballots. Ferris Webby was officially elected District Magistrate. He will succeed Ron Swank, who served 40 years in the position.

Crestwood School Board will have two new board members with the election of Barry Boone and James Costello. Eric Aigeldinger chose to end his service on the board after 30 years.

There were a few contested races in Mountaintop municipalities and Luzerne County Council will have several new members. The Mountaintop Eagle has a full rundown of the local races in this week’s edition.

Turkey Give-away The annual Turkey Give-Away

concludes this week. All coupons must be deposited at participating businesses by the end of business today, Wednesday November 15. Winners will be called tomorrow November 16 and the turkeys will be picked up at Carone’s Market. Thank you to all who participated in this popular annual event.

Giving Time It is the special “Giving Time”

of the year. The Mountaintop Eagle has been collecting shoes and will once again collect winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves and mittens for adults and children. Patti Wascavge is coordinating the collection in memory of her son Matthew Wascavage. Donations are also collected at the NEPA Boy Scouts of America office on Montage Mountain Road and the Lewith & Freeman Mountaintop office. The items are distributed throughout Northeastern and Central PA.

The 2017 Toys for Tots collection boxes are also out in the community. The Mountaintop Eagle has participated in this project for many years. The Marines will distribute new unwrapped toys including bikes and larger items, games, dolls and electronics for Christmas.

We have plenty of room for our collections and look forward to helping with the “Giving Season”.

Small Business Saturday The Mountaintop Eagle is

promoting “Small Business Saturday” for the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Whether it is going out for lunch or dinner at a local restaurant, taking your car for service, or getting an appointment for a service, Mountaintop’s small businesses are the heart of the local economy. The Mountaintop Eagle is the primary advertising for small businesses just off the mountain too. We can go 15 miles in any direction and find a local small business that you will enjoy shopping at.

Be sure to read our Thanksgiving edition coming out the day before Thanksgiving for the best shopping at our “Small Business Saturday” options.