People in the Mohawk Valley are trying to move forward, but when a tragedy occurs it’s tough to go back to how things used to be.
“I think what happened is still setting into to people’s minds,” said Herkimer Mayor Mark Ainsworth during a telephone interview Friday. “I know most residents are trying to keep busy and get back to their everyday lives to help bring some normalcy back, but in the back of their minds they’re thinking about what happened.”
Ainsworth said the only way to get through the sorrow is time.
“The grieving process is like any process, it takes time and after a while things will start to get better,” he said. “People are trying to work through the sadness by going on with normal acts and being supportive of each other. That’s how you cope.”
The question on everyone’s mind is why.
Why did something like this happen in this community?
Unfortunately, one may never know why something happened, said Ainsworth.
“Sometimes in life there is no clear cut answer as to why things happen, but that’s when people need to rely on their faith. People can’t always question things because sometimes there is no answer and a person could drive himself or herself crazy trying to figure it out. Things occur and you have to learn to accept things that change and that’s why it’s important to have faith and something to believe in so you have something to hold on to,” he said.
Ainsworth said he has only seen great support from the community through those that live in the area, the ones that grew up in the area and even through comments on social networking sites that have helped the community grow closer together.
Ainsworth said the community has even come together to hold a service of healing and hope on Monday night at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on North Prospect Street in Herkimer. The service is for everyone in the Herkimer and Mohawk communities to come collectively as a community and help the healing process together.
“The magnitude of the situation is so unbelievable that I was contacted by a friend who grew up in the area and now resides in Dutchess County and works as a counselor and she was willing to donate her time for those that need help in the area,” said Ainsworth. “She hasn’t lived here for years and she was willing to reach out and come back to help. It just shows that people are reaching out everywhere and we really do have a generous community. No matter where you go, if you’re from the Mohawk Valley, it will always have a special place in your heart.”