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.