The year started with a feature story about Mountaintop’s own Dr. Mark Bohn who appeared in the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre production of ‘A Few Good Men.’ Dr. Bohn spent 22 years, providing medical services to the people of Mountaintop and for the past seven years he worked at the Bureau of Disability Determination. In his private life, Mark has crossed the country on a motorcycle and is now a member of the Wyoming Valley Motorcycle Club where they conduct fundraisers for worthy causes. And why acting, you might ask? Without hesitation he replied, “You should always be looking for new interests; new challenges. In your life you don’t want to look back and say, ‘I wish I had…’”
At Valentine’s Day Al and Felicia Bierzynski shared their story of how they kept their love fresh for 57 years, thanks to working together and laughing together the whole time! With some prompting Felicia offered some solid advice. Her rule of thumb at home is, “Don’t go to bed mad. That’s a good one, you have to learn to work out your differences…And I believe that our faith in God and our faith in each other has seen us through many difficulties.” In response Al teases, “Nothing I do, she likes, and nothing she does, I like.” Not to be outdone Felicia retorts, “Al, you’re just plain wrong.” And we laughed right along with them.
Some of the people who were also featured on the Eagle’s pages in 2013 came together in support of great causes and found great friends as a result. The folks that organize the events surrounding Mountaintop’s Relay for Life programs are a perfect example. We met Co-Chairs Vicky Serhan and Regina Kloeker. Vicky is a seasoned organizer and she’s been active here since 2007 and cochair since 2008. Planning for this annual 24-hour American Cancer Society benefit is a heartfelt and dedicated process. Plans start months in advance: in fact the planning goes on almost year ‘round. +++++
of Nuangola told readers about the ‘Cynonfardd’ Eisteddfod held at Dr. Edwards Memorial Congregational Church in Edwardsville. The May event hosts traditional singing, piano and poetry competitions, modeled after the Welsh National Eisteddfod. Sally reported that this cultural tradition is ancient, “In Wales, this goes back to the days of the Bards.” The next annual round is set for May of 2014 and will represent the 125th ‘Cynonfardd’ Eisteddfod. Sally calls that a, “a big, big step,“ for the Memorial Congregational Church.
There was “Christmas in July” with Carla Minnick Garrigan of the New Life Community Church who headed up a great project –Operation Christmas Child –here in Mountaintop. She explained that the idea of that program is an out-growth of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse which is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. Operation Christmas Child collects gift-filled shoe boxes and delivers them in Christ’s name to children around the world.
The Crestwood Class of ’63 came together to celebrate their 50th Reunion. Classmates Gerry Henning and Donna Wheeler Schwartz explained that their class was the first Crestwood graduating class –ever!
It was Happy 91st Birthday for local poet Kay Baluta in November. The prolific writer even shared a thoughtful poem about achieving the age of 91.
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Frascella was feted for his 24 years of service to his ‘right township.’