As Sandy makes her way through a third of the United States and all of Pennsylvania, the resources and resolve of this nation and this state will be tested.
We will bury the dead, mourn their loss, survey what needs to be done to repair the damage, and do it.
As you read this, the remnants of what may turn out to be the "storm of the century" will still be passing Warren County, leaving downed trees, power lines and flooding in its path. And, while Sandy may, indeed be a monster among monsters, the trials we face here we have faced before.
Warren County is no stranger to flooding and powerful storms. We will clean up our mess and then, through service organizations like the Red Cross, turn our attention to those in other parts of the country who fared far worse than ourselves.
To borrow from the current slang, that's the way we roll here.
Do we do it because some government tells us to or because we seek some reward?
We do it because, like Americans in general, we are a compassionate and caring people who have spread their kindness not just across our own land but around the world.