It's true that people who do bad things often command the headlines whether they're burglars, stars with no regard for the law or anything else, or politicians trying to get away with more than they usually do.

On Friday, while driving on Route 902 down Bugzie's Hill in Summit Hill, a band of people did a wonderful thing. And while we don't have names, the story is worth a mention.

It was about 3:30 in the afternoon. Two black labs, possibly a year old, were walking up Bugzie's Hill in the middle of the road. They're lucky they didn't get hit.

One reason they didn't is a woman in an SUV stopped her vehicle and tried to coax them to her. A motorist stopped behind her and proceeded to assist. Before long, about 10 cars were stopped on the hill - vehicles in both directions - with people trying to befriend the dogs.

None of the motorists showed impatience. None blew their horns. All either were trying to assist or watching patiently.

One of the dogs had a collar. The other didn't. Eventually one of the labs jumped into the SUV. A woman in one of the cars had a leash and gave it to the woman in the SUV. She and another person got close enough to the dog - which didn't have the collar - to put the leash on it. This dog also then willingly jumped into the SUV.

It's not certain where the dogs were taken, but it was obvious they were being cared-for. The woman who convinced the dogs to hop into the SUV had a genuine concern for them.

We don't know where the dogs came from. Did they escape from somebody's yard? Did they run away from their owner at Mauch Chunk Lake?

The Summit Hill Police were contacted about the dogs, but the rescue of them happened so quickly they were off the road by the time police arrived on scene.

A lot of motorists, who had things to do and places to go, stopped to help the two dogs. It was great to see so many people band together spontaneously.

It was a little event. But for the owner of the dogs, we're sure they'll find it to be a major event that the dogs were made safe by strangers.

For the most part, that's the way people are in our area - willing to get involved; anxious to help.

As the saying goes, the greasy wheel gets the oil. It's all those wheels, though, that go on working without notice that keep things moving smoothly.

By RON GOWER

rgower@tnonline.com