Andes

Andes community rallies to aid injured ACS teacher

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By Jeffrey Ashton
Kerry McCracken, an Andes Central School teacher, was in a bad automobile accident in November. As a result of the injuries sustained, her right leg had to be amputated. In the months following her accident, Kerry has undergone a tremendous amount of therapy, both physical and mental. After seven weeks of being in intensive care and undergoing an intense physical therapy regiment at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, she returned home to South Kortright to her husband Jim and three small children, Logan, age seven, Aileen, age five and Delan, age three.


Uncertainty clouds school budgets; tax hikes projected as minimal

By Julia Green
Area school superintendents are wrestling with declining state aid as they attempt to prepare their 2009-2010 annual budgets.
In spite of waning funds, however, superintendents at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools have prepared budget drafts that have only minor tax levy increases and will therefore have minimal impacts on local taxpayers.


Andes Library opens a new chapter

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By Matthew J. Perry
Last Saturday—a crisp but sunny second day of spring—dozens of Andes residents turned out for a celebration at the refurbished town library to enjoy music, food, socializing and, for many, a first look inside the 1840s Main Street building since construction was completed.
Trustees, librarians, architects and town officials were on hand to greet guests and offer tours.


Local youth group volunteers packing airlift for Kyrgyzstan

Andes — At CitiHope a team of young men recently volunteered their after-school and evening hours to help pack a $3.9 million airlift shipment of humanitarian medicine bound for the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia. 


Spelling's all in the family for winners of Andes bee

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It was a brother-sister victory at the Andes Central School Spelling Bee last Wednesday. Serena Bacon correctly spelled “originality” to win the bee among students in grades 4 and 5 while her older brother, Torin, correctly spelled “easel” to win the bee for students in grades 6 through 8. Both winners received an mp3 player and qualified to compete in the regional spelling bee at the RAG building in Roxbury on May 2.


"Squires Inn" comedy plays Andes Hotel

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Andes — Bird-On-A-Cliff Theater Company, of Woodstock, presents the hysterically funny play “The Squires Inn” at the Andes Hotel on Saturday, March 28, 7 p.m.
You be the detective and you solve the crime! There’s prizes and surprises!  Step into the world of mystery and intrigue.  Mingle with unusual characters.  Watch for clues.  The action is fast and the laughter contagious.  You will be kept on the edge of your seat as you try to solve an exciting who-dunnit while you indulge on a three-course traditional English country fest.  It is a challenge you will long remember!


Grand re-opening at Andes Library planned for March 21

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Andes — The trustees and staff of the Andes Public Library invite everyone to a Grand Re-Opening Party on Saturday, March 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. After a renovation, re-structuring and energy-efficient remodeling by contractors Denison-Finn, the library has moved back from temporary quarters to its permanent site at 242 Main Street in Bohlmann Park. The work was accomplished with grants from the State of New York, the O’Connor Foundation, and donations from local residents.


Dr. Seuss celebrated at Andes

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In conjunction with the National Education Asso-ciation’s Read Across America Day, CROP students at Andes Central School held a birthday celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss on Monday, March 2.


‘Snow White’ plays at ACS

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Andes — Andes Central School will present “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in the school auditorium on March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m.

This family musical contains a zany, wisecracking Mirror who will only answer if spoken to in rhyme, as well as a whole court full of funny and bubbling characters. It hums with 14 lively songs.


New area restaurants are on the menu for Andes

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By Matthew J. Perry
The sign remains, but the Cantina Mexican restaurant, ideally located at the intersection of Main Street and Route 28, in Andes, has closed its doors.
Its owners, Tom Joyce and Deborah Schneider, had been looking to sell the building and retire. After they reportedly received an offer this winter, they surprised the community with the restaurant’s sudden demise.
“It’s a shame,” says one Andes resident. “We did better with two nighttime destinations.”


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