On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

A significant number of women and men in the United States and in other countries around the world turned out for the second Women’s March last weekend. The first march in 2017 was held the day after Donald J. Trump took the oath of office as our country’s new president. It was foremost an anti-Trump demonstration.

In the second march the emphasis was still anti-Trump but there were some other messages as well. Get the vote out, encouraging women to run for office, and thanks to the outing of numerous men who have engaged in sexual assault and harassment, a new faction known as the #MeToo movement has gained momentum.

Depending on your economic, educational, and family circumstances, women have always had a seat at the table of power throughout history. Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and the famous monarchs of Britain, Elizabeth I, Victoria and Elizabeth II took responsibility and learned how to survive. Currently there are many female heads of state in many countries near and far.

There are hundreds of stories of successful businesswomen, political leaders, mothers, sisters, and wives, who have survived through the centuries because they were not afraid to participate in our world of challenging scenarios.

The current Women’s Marches are not so different from the women’s movement of the 1960’s, a time that I took my place in our changing world. Feminists have existed for decades and centuries. With our current technology, cell phones, TV, social media and the internet to name a few, getting the troops mobilized is easier than ever. Our country was founded on freedom from British rule. Although the “founding fathers” were all men, they spoke for women too, their wives, daughters, mothers.

It is unfortunate that the 47% of women who did not vote for President Trump can’t get over their bitter hostility and consider the positive positions he has championed before and after taking office. Positive demonstrations embracing inclusive positions are far more powerful than continued animosity.

Each of us makes decisions that we judge best for us. The Women’s Marches offer an opportunity to take a position on improving whatever is identified as needing attention. Participation is a good thing. Thanks to the Bill of Rights and our First Amendment to the Constitution, a position all newspapers hold dear, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” US citizens have 229 years of historic tradition on that right.

Super Bowl Bound

On a lighter note football fans enjoyed a full weekend of playoff excitement and the crowning of two teams who will faceoff Sunday February 4 at Super Bowl LII (52) at the U. S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The stadium opened in July 2016 with a construction cost of $1.129 billion. Up to 66,655 fans will have the seats for the big game.

The New England Patriots came back from 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Eagles crushed the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 and will be making their first Super Bowl appearance since Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005. The Eagles played hard in that game against the Patriots losing 24-21. Their only other shot at the title was Super Bowl XV in 1981 falling to the Oakland Raiders. Faithful Eagles fans have the momentum this year.

Play Ball

The snow may be challenging us from time to time this winter but it’s time for 2018 Mt. Top Area Little League Player Registrations. There are a number of dates between now and February 20 to get your players in the games. T-ball, Coach Pitch, Girls Softball and Boys Baseball is available for ages 4 through 16. The Mountain Calendar has all the information and www.mountaintoparealittleleague.comis also a good source of information.

Tee Times

The Wally Ice Fest is this weekend, Saturday January 27 and Sunday January 28 at Lake Wallenpaupack. The 25th annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament will take place in front of Silver Birches Resort with two 9-hole courses laid out over the frozen lake. Donated Christmas trees define fairways. The Ice Tee Golf course will also have greens, water traps, obstacles, and roughs. Golfers will receive a colored golf ball plus a scorecard and map illustrating the course layout, and each participant is restricted to playing with two clubs and one putter (not provided). Tee times will begin at 11 am until 2 pm on Saturday and 9 am until 2 pm on Sunday. ‘Green Fees’ are a non-refundable donation of $20 per person in advance or $25 on the day of the event. Check out all the fun at http://www.wallyicefest.com/.

Closer to home, you never know when Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club might be open for hitting balls. In between blasts of arctic air there is always hope for a day of balmy 40-50 degree weather and some sunshine.

Another fun wintertime fantasy is to watch the PGA tournaments. This week the spotlight will be on Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, where the pros turn out to entertain the public and strut their stuff. 2017 was a beautiful year for local golf. It’s cold now, but the winter moisture will nourish our courses to be as lush and green as the courses we see the pros play until we can tee off on our own.

Change A Pet’s Life Day Pet lovers across the country are

encouraged to participate in Change A Pet’s Life Day on January 24th. The day was started in 2009 by a group of animal lovers to draw attention to homeless pets and encourages people to consider adopting a pet from their local shelter or rescue organization or spreading awareness of animal welfare issues. In this week’s edition we feature two local non-profit organization’s that change pets lives throughout the year.

Murielle’s Place, a sanctuary for senior dogs, is located in the Dorrance area. Founded in 2006, Murielle’s Place has rescued and cared for nearly 120, most of them in their final stages of life. Murielle’s Place also has adoptable dogs looking for loving homes, they welcome volunteers and appreciate donations. Read more about Murielle’s Place on page 5.

Whisker’s World, a cat rescue and rehoming organization, has cared for well over 1000 cats. They specialize in trapping cats, whether they are lost pets or feral cats throughout the area. Founders Donna Fountain and Brenda Buckler are living a mission that changes the lives of cats everyday. Donna & Brenda have spent much of their time recently in the Mountaintop area focusing on their search for Blackie. A loved pet who went missing in September from the Dorrance rest area. See the full story on page 1.