Yet again, you - the local citizenry - awed me this week.
On April 22 a multiple alarm fire destroyed much more than a home - it destroyed a dream on 14th Road in Minerva.
For the last 17 years Gary and Marion Hare had been constructing a structure to retire in. But, through circumstances that are certainly suspicious, it now sits in ruin - roof collapsed.
"It's a total loss," Gary said to me as he gave me the tour of the perimeter of the structure.
When I pulled in that day, there stood a single individual - quietly smoking a cigarette in the rain. He looked familiar but I couldn't put my finger on where I had met him before.
"Hey, I am Al, we met at Sporty's," he said.
Al Michelson is a volunteer firefighter for the Minerva squad.
Could the building still be smoldering? Why is this guy still here?
As it turns out Al was working to get telephone service restored to the collapsed building. Not long after, another local fireman Keith Dubay pulled in and also started fiddling with wires.
Gary told me that he has had dozens of people offer him food or lodging. People were putting him up for free.
"Most people who move up here from the city only stay a couple years," Gary said. "I have staying power - my best friends are in Minerva."
Throughout the day people came and went, all stopping for a single purpose - How can I help?
Such an outpouring of altruistic sentiment doesn't happen much these days. Or maybe it does, but goes unnoticed as the very framework of our economic system falls around us.
Either way, I was genuinely moved and inspired by what I witnessed.
These weren't people looking for a reward, gratitude or recognition. They were simply there to bring comfort to a friend in a time of need.
The renowned cognitive psychologist Robert Trivers writes a great deal about altruism. He spent years observing other primate species and concluded there are only two forms found in nature - kin selection and reciprocal.
The first is easy enough to understand. Help your relatives, they share your genes.
The latter stands as the beginnings of politics. Share your kill with a neighbor and maybe we will back you up when it is needed.
But what I observed this week transcends either of these categories. This was help your neighbor regardless of gain - plain and simple.
It was pure altruism, unloaded with future expectations.
It seems the entire town has turned out for Gary and Marion. And this leads me to two conclusions.
One, Gary and Marion must be tremendous people.
Second, the people of Minerva are purely kind and generous people.
Regardless of fanfare or personal gain they would have been there, working in the rain. Seeking only the pleasure that comes from bringing someone comfort.
Such instances make me proud to be human. And in an era with war, starvation and constant strife as we continually battle for "things" - such kindness is a reassuring scene.
Jonathan Alexander is News Enterprise editor. He can be reached at email@example.com