It happened Sunday morning, in the early stages of Newswatch 16. I wandered in to the newsroom during the sports break, just in time to hear the scanner going nuts and a photographer running for the door.
A building at Main and Storrs in Dickson City had just collapsed under the weight of all that snow.
And another part of my childhood crumbled.
Back when I was in junior high school, this was the Dickson A/G Market, a place for a good, cheap, and filling lunch time submarine sandwich. It was a welcome change from the cellophane packaged and heat lamped trash they served back at the school.
Dickson City lost a lot of its character Sunday morning. There's not much left here. A pretty old bank was replaced with a generic looking bank building several years ago. The post office is vacant. A pair of nice family owned bakeries are long gone.
Small towns aren't what they used to be.