On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

With this week’s edition we are looking forward to the first day of spring March 21, 2018. My granddaughter Maggie Dicus will be 10 years old that day and her life for the last 10 years has delighted our family with her energy and enthusiasm. Spring will bring the rebirth of the Earth.

The new Co-Presidents of our Blue Ridge Ladies Golf League are reaching out for guidance embarking on their new responsibilities for the 2018 season. I have been treasurer of the league for the past three years and I will continue in that role along with score keeping and writing up a weekly report.

The league was organized by Nancy Katany and Joanne Osiecki about 20 years ago. I am only guessing at that date as it could have been a year or two before or a year or two later. I embarked on my 20th year of golf in January 2017 after receiving clubs from my husband Charlie for my 50th birthday gift. So I am into my 21st year of golf. I joined the Blue Ridge Trail Ladies League a few years after I started playing.

Nancy Katany played golf until she was nearly 80 years old and recently passed away. She was a tireless mentor to new league members and enjoyed long term relationships with many league members. Our league members thanked Nancy when she still played with us and remember her fondly.

Weather Watch

It looks like our winter is fairly mild in the every changing cycle of winters. Mountaintop has regularly enjoyed 40 to 60 degrees this month and snowfall totals are average. For the 1995-96 season we had 27 snowstorms and our family did not clear the driveway if the total was less than 8 inches. This year Tom Clark has not reported snowfall totals for any given day that exceeded that total. We could get the big storm anytime from now until the end of April but the probability is not high. Tom is hoping for an early spring.

I enjoy watching the weather all year round. Our local and national TV stations make weather a top news story every day. We wake up every day and it is always a surprise.

Olympic Games

The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games have given us an entertaining view of athletic excellence this month. The games feature 102 events in fifteen sports, with the addition of “big air” snowboarding, mass start speed skating, mixed doubles curling, and mixed team alpine skiing to the Winter Olympic program. 2,952 athletes from 92 National Olympic Committees were expected to compete. Russia was officially banned from competing as a country but the OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia) is participating as a non-affiliated country group.

Northeastern PA resident, Adam Rippon has been making quite a splash in the Olympic skating events and in interviews alike. He was instrumental in the USA receiving the team skating bronze medal. We wish him success in his future endeavors.

Russian Interference

Russia in the news on another front with the indictments of 13 Russian citizens and 3 Russian entities in relation to Russian interference from the Mueller Special Counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. The investigation was undertaken to investigate the Trump campaign’s participation with Russians during the 2016 election. So far Trump is coming out clean.

Winter Reading

Winter is also a good time to enjoy a good book. The Marian Sutherland Kirby Library has a number of new books this month. Many have been donated in memory of a loved one. Be sure to check out the offerings in this week’s Eagle. The library has new fiction, non-fiction, and juvenile and young adult books. I am partial to Audible books and the library has a good assortment of books on CD as well. A thousand page book may take me 40 hours of listening and I usually enjoy every minute of a good one. I read non-fiction including political titles, health, history and selected fiction for a change now and then. Check the library out.

Hoops for Hope 2018 marks the 10th Annual Hoops

for Hope event. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 6 at the Crestwood High School. The games starts at 6pm, doors will open at 5:15pm. Hoops for Hope raises funds for the American Cancer Society and is a fun, family basketball event that can help beat the winter blues. A six team bracket will play out with teams from the junior and senior classes, Crestwood faculty, local law enforcement, MYBL coaches and referees as well as a team from the American Cancer Society. Enjoy a fun evening for a good cause, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students/senior citizens.

Easter Coloring Contest Our 3rd annual Easter coloring

contest is just around the corner. The entry form will be available in next week’s paper on February 28 as well as throughout our March editions. The contest is open to children ages through 8. Entries are divided into two categories, ages 3-5 and 6-8. Three winners from each category will receive 4 tickets to the Crayola Experience in Easton, 4 tickets to see the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders on April 21 and a certificate to Abe’s Hotdogs valid for a free hotdog and choice of fries or their new signature Comet Chips! Plus, one of those winners in each category will be chosen as our Grand Prize winner and receive a Crayola packed Easter basket! We can’t wait to see your creations!