The deep freeze that beset the region a week ago Monday pointed out a few things.
One is that the people of the Weirton-Steubenville area are a hearty bunch, and a big-hearted bunch. Unlike other areas where neighbors are generally anonymous, people watched out for one another, and no reports of hypothermia-related injury or death were made when the mercury and the wind chill combined to drop the conditions to lower temperatures than were found in the Arctic for a couple of days.
The other is that we should always be grateful for those who work to get people and cities through those snaps of deep chill.
If you had a job or some circumstance that kept you indoors at home, you were in luck and, hopefully, with enough electricity and fuel to stay warm.
If you had to go to work, those who stayed at home owe you a debt of gratitude.
Firefighters went to work in nearly inhumane conditions, dealing with icy conditions while working to extinguish blazes.
Police officers had to continue to keep communities safe and to help others who had ventured out into the cold and found trouble of one form or another.
Nurses went to the hospitals. Salt and plow-truck drivers tried their best to keep conditions passable.
And yes, media professionals went to work to keep you informed about conditions in your area.
And the community survived to come to this warm weekend.
But think about all those who deserve thanks when the next cold snap comes, as surely it will.