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Community Helps Sun Shine over Hurricane Irene's Tears in NE PA town.

Updated on February 10, 2012
Instant Bingo table volunteers greeted people with smiles and hope of winning.
Instant Bingo table volunteers greeted people with smiles and hope of winning. | Source
Volunteers who served meals displayed team work, care and a great sense of levity as each person searched for ways to better relieve others' burdens.
Volunteers who served meals displayed team work, care and a great sense of levity as each person searched for ways to better relieve others' burdens. | Source
The Legion of Mary set up their information and devotional booth blessing with its beauty the families and meals displayed before it.
The Legion of Mary set up their information and devotional booth blessing with its beauty the families and meals displayed before it. | Source
Beautiful baskets made by community members and local business owners were raffled at the end of the event.
Beautiful baskets made by community members and local business owners were raffled at the end of the event. | Source
Nicholson Bridge peaks in at the festivities as Fr. Edward Michelini announces the winners of the well sought after baskets.
Nicholson Bridge peaks in at the festivities as Fr. Edward Michelini announces the winners of the well sought after baskets. | Source

Humility Mountain is adorned by one of the most peaceful and beautiful towns within the Endless Mountains of north east Pennsylvania: Nicholson township. Its borough was incorporated in 1875 and its economy depended on lumber and farm products.

An autumn drive can take you through its heart in Main St. decorated by balconies that beg for parades to pass beneath them followed out by roads whose limbs grab at the very essence of farming. A charming lake invites the sailor in us all to slightly separate from land only to appreciate the diversity in every tree as they change colors in their own good time.

These traits may be found in other towns throughout the US, but as in every section of a patch quilt the admiration is in the details within each patch and the admirable details in this precious quilt are its people. As many know, in adversity people are tested and here they outshone all expectations. This section of Pennsylvania was recently devastated by Hurricane Irene. Houses floated down the Susquehanna River slamming into its bridges while other houses that stood bathed their basements in feet of river silt.

Nicholson lives by the Tunkhannock Creek and many houses and farm land were devastated. The community, however, looked out for each other and pulled through even after the storm passed and more rain was forecasted for weeks making this one of the wettest falls in this area ever.

Many events were postponed or cancelled. Some people angrily blamed God for allowing so much devastation, but the community of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church held their annual Harvest Festival after the storm passed in thanksgiving for the many blessings they have received and a community stepped forward once again to help those in need.

Through the church, not just devotions to God are perpetuated, but the neediest are taken care of. And it all starts with people giving back in thanksgiving. As if to answer their call to Heaven what was forcasted as a rainny day September 25th God sent only sunshine and great temperatures so the fellowship between townfolk could be blessed.

If you are ever in the Endless Mountains driving on Rt. 11 and see a mammoth cement bridge arching over a sleepy town don't drive by. Come in and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at the local diner or experience what a real livestock auction every Tuesday is like or simply buy an ice cream cone at the foot of the Nicholson Bridge you will be bound to relate to one of the best God-fearing, honest and colorful group of people you'll ever meet. And you'll be glad you did.

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