When near-hurricane force winds and gusts reach our mountains, you know we’re in for some heavy weather.

And, when it’s not the first time — or even the second — those winds and rain and clockwork-like flooding get to be a bit trying.

Which brings us to this commendable point: Neighbors helping neighbors.

The weekend’s wind storm that caused a headache for some, caused a heartache for others. Downed trees that merely inconvenienced many travelers wrought significant damage on homes and personal property for others.

Power outages that meant a few hours without electricity for the general population meant inoperable life-saving equipment for some of our elderly or disabled citizens.

In other words, as your grandmother likely told you at one time or another, to see someone worse off than yourself isn’t very difficult — just look around.

But that same grandmother would have had one other piece of advice that has been carried down through generations: If you want to make your own situation better, help those you see when you do that looking around.

And again, that’s what Ashe County did. From oiling chainsaws to help neighbors clear trees to being part of the line crews working around the clock and through the storm to restore power, Ashe County was able to weather another storm.

Which goes to prove yet again — and this is especially important as the High Country prepares for the winter season — grandma knows best.

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