On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

We’re having a nice transition into winter this week with moderate temperatures and minimal precipitation. The days are so short, less than 8 hours of daylight; I yearn for the turnaround on the Winter Solstice on December 21 when the sun’s position changes and our days will lengthen once again. Thursday, December 7 our Mountaintop Sunrise is 7:15 a. m. and Sunset is 4:34 p. m. There is not much time to make hay while the sun shines.

The near winter sun rises to its highest point before noon and the descent comes faster every day. I went out for a Sunday afternoon walk about 1:30 p. m. and by 2:30 the trail was getting darker and colder. With the first week of Rifle Deer Season behind us the window of opportunity is getting shorter. It’s no wonder our ancestors held a winter holiday brightened by lights to mark the shortest days of the year. It’s time to get those Christmas trees up and decorated and start holiday preparations including shopping, baking, wrapping and for some mailing. The Mountaintop Eagle is as decked out as it is going to be this year.

Super Moon

There was a lot of interest in the “Super Moon” which is also known as the “Full Cold Moon” which could be seen on Sunday December 3rd. The moon became totally full at 10:47am EST. A super moon happens when a full moon approximately coincides with the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual. It surely was lighting up the night sky.

Toys For Tots

We are once again collecting for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. New unwrapped gifts for children of all ages up to 14 can be dropped off at the Mountaintop Eagle until December 19. We are ecstatic to receive all the donations that come through our door. This is definitely the season for giving. Other drop off locations in Mountaintop include Independent Life Home Care located in the Carone’s shopping center, Little Big Steps and also South Mountain Veterinary Hospital.

Holiday Hams

The Mountaintop Eagle is embarking on a Holiday Ham Giveaway this week. After receiving a several requests including one from Gary Parks, proprietor of Abe’s Hot Dogs and Moon Shadows Coffee, the Holiday Ham Giveaway was born. We arranged the contest with the help of Carone’s Market, the same as we had with the turkey giveaway. Winners will receive a Hatfield Whole Boneless Ham weighing in at 7 to 9 pounds to round out their holiday feast.

Our promotions manager, Samantha will be dropping off entry boxes at our 10 participating locations including Carone’s Market, Abe’s Hot Dogs, Moon Shadows, Marians Sutherland Kirby Library, Crystal Vision, Steve Shannon, Subway, Wychock’s Beverage, Triangle Pharmacy and at our office. Be sure to fill out and clip all the entry forms on page 6 of this week’s paper. Entries are due by end of business on Wednesday, December 13. Winners will be contacted on Friday, December 15.

Samantha designed and promoted a number of prize giveaways this year, which were enjoyed by hundreds of Mountaintop Eagle readers. There were nearly a thousand entries in the Turkey Giveaway last month that delivered 31 turkeys to lucky participants. All summer Samantha’s prize promotions kept happy winners at our door claiming their prizes. Winning is fun.

Holiday Traditions Does your family or someone you

know have special traditions for the holidays that you’d like to share with our readers? We love to learn about interesting ways to celebrate these family times. Please give us a call if you have a tradition that we may feature in our holiday editions. Call Kathy at 570-474-6397 to arrange for an interview and have a professional photo taken.

Holidays at M. S. Kirby Library The Kirby Library hosted a

Holiday Vendor Showcase last Saturday, December 2 that featured a variety of local vendors and crafters to help you check off everything on your holiday wish list. Some of the vendors included Sarah’s Delicious Dog Biscuits, Keiner’s Apiary, Alice’s Glass Garden Flowers and more, Ray of Light Mandala and many more.

On Sunday the library held their Holiday Toy Bingo at the Crestwood High School cafeteria. Prizes included Legos, Xbox One, American Girl Doll, Kindle Table, 32” TV and other popular wish list items. With 20 games and special games along with a raffle, there were surely some happy winners.

Guys & Dolls Live On Friday, December 8 & Saturday,

December 9 the Crestwood High School invites you to a performance of Guys & Dolls in the auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students as well as senior citizens. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Doors open at 6:15pm and the performance starts at 7pm. Enjoy a night out while supporting the arts and students of Crestwood. A photo of some of the cast for the show can be seen on this page.

Time to Donate It’s that time of the year to get to

think about the needs of others. The Mountaintop Eagle is your drop off donation destination for Toys for Tots through December 19, the ‘Forever in My Heart Winter Coat Drive in memory of Matthew Wascavage which continues through December 29, and new or gently worn shoes for the Friends Can Make It Happen shoe drive which is ongoing.