When their neighbors from another town needed a hand, they were there.
Bryce Huse had visited Port Deposit once before last Thursday.
Huse went to the bait store once on the town's South Main Street.
Despite his limited knowledge of Port Deposit, Huse was directing traffic in the town last week. A dead tree was being removed in the unit block of South Main Street in the area of the former C.M. Tugs. Port Deposit currently has one public works person, Floyd Taylor, and a second will start this week Monday. So to help out, North East crewmen spent a few hours assisting.
"I was here one time before. I live in North East. I don't mind helping where I'm needed," said Huse.
Both Huse, who was stationed near the foot of High Street, and Tom Berstler, who was directing traffic at Center Street, and the other members of North East's public works department are certified traffic flaggers. Port Deposit doesn't have certified flaggers.
Town of Port Deposit finance manager Ted Sookiasian said the North East crew would receive a nominal gift for their help, approximately two hours of work. They remained on the North East payroll for the day.
North East crewmen aren't the only ones who help out in other towns when needed. For several years. Perryville public works staffers have helped out in Charlestown. Those workers will be in Charlestown this week helping install the Christmas decorations.
Charlestown usually provides them with lunch as a thank you for their help. Perryville supplies a lift and the crews spend about three hours helping their neighbors.