CHEERS - To local people taking action. For many in our area viewing the images of Hurricane Sandy's enormous destruction, emotions ran the gamut. First, there was horror and disbelief, and then the overwhelming feeling of wanting to do something, anything, to help the victims. Some people in our area have traveled to affected areas to help. Others have been helping in other ways. We know we're taking the risk of missing someone when mentioning names, but we want to recognize the recent acts of compassion in our area. Among the businesses that stepped up are Euphrates, Beech-Nut, Classic Limousine, Johnstown Dunkin' Donuts and the owner of the warehouse on Harrison Street that offered a packing place for distribution. Area churches have been helping with various efforts after the storm, and people such as Lisa Miner, Greta Fraiser, Chris Rogers at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Ken Cronin and Diane Smith have been either collecting donations or recruiting volunteers to head downstate. Those are just some of the people from our area who are making a difference after Sandy. It's nice to live in an area that's home to people who are not forgetting others in need.
CHEERS - To lighting up the sky. Since they turned the lights off in December 2012, volunteers with the Amsterdam High School Marching Rams have been working to build new display pieces for your viewing during the annual Light up the Sky event, which is due to open Nov. 30. The holiday attraction, visited by thousands, includes more than 500 wooden, hand-painted pieces waiting for all who are young at heart to enjoy. Many people are involved with this successful venture, but it would not be possible, at all, without the generosity of Linda and Bob Selbert.
CHEERS -?To participants. At 9:30 a.m. today, a Veterans Day Parade takes place in Gloversville. It's one of the Veterans Day events in local counties this weekend. To those who are organizing or participating in these events, we cheer you loudly and proudly. To those who, in the midst of the business of their lives, have forgotten the importance of Veterans Day, we hope you pause now and think about the reasons for being thankful for our nation's veterans.
If you have any suggestions for a cheer or jeer, send an email to Publisher Patricia Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org