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Lost boy found in Andes woods

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By Brian Sweeney
An 11-year-old was found unharmed early Sunday after he became lost the previous afternoon in the Town of Andes. The boy, who police did not wish to identify, reportedly left a seasonal residence on Perch Lake Road about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. When the youngster failed to return for dinner around 6 o’clock, his father began an hour-long search.


Frost Valley YMCA hosting "Healthy Kids Day" April 17

Claryville — Frost Valley YMCA will host its fourth annual “Healthy Kids Day” on Saturday, April 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Healthy Kids Day is a free event with a focus on fun! During the afternoon of play, participants will have an opportunity to learn good eating and exercise habits that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.


Former Sacred Heart priest in court; justice calls for selection of trial date

By Julia Green
Rev. James J. McDevitt, the former priest at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville, appeared briefly in the Town of Middletown Justice Court Thursday morning. McDevitt is currently facing charges of sexual misconduct for incidents that allegedly occurred during his time at the parish. McDevitt appeared with his newly appointed attorney, Paul L. Gruner, who requested a 30-day adjournment to familiarize himself with the case.


Hunter Education Class offered this weekend

Claryville — A New York State DEC Hunter Education Course will be offered at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville on April 17 and 18. This class is free to the public and is required for first-time hunters to obtain a gun season hunting license.


Margaretville Board of Education hears request for athletic union

By Julia Green
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education held a public forum last Wednesday night to hear a proposal from Andes Central School regarding the possibility of allowing Andes student-athletes to compete on Margaretville athletic teams next year.
Andes Superintendent Bob Chakar and Athletic Director Margaret Brown delivered a presentation to MCS Board of Education members and Superintendent Tony Albanese, as well as roughly 70 members of the community.


Belleayre Mountain closes after a great season

By Jay Braman Jr.
Despite having plenty of skiable snow left, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center closed down its 2009-2010 season on Sunday. Superintendent Tony Lanza said that several factors, including a couple of late-season monster snowstorms, contributed to this being a season to remember.


Andes students explored new world with trip to Guatemala

By John Bernhardt
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel see only a page.” If you pay heed to St. Augustine, eight Andes students completed a fascinating chapter on a six-day school travel club excursion to Guatemala in March. In Guatemala, the Andes contingent saw life from a new perspective and experienced a world they had never realized before.


Heart of the Catskills planning spring dance, auction April 24

Highmount — Tickets are available now for the 11th Annual Heart of the Catskills Spring Dance and Auction on Saturday, April 24 starting at 6 p.m. at Belleayre’s Overlook Lodge. A major fund-raiser for the area’s largest animal shelter, the Humane Society’s Spring Dance and Auction blends music and goodies-for-bid on top of Belleayre Mountain to benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Delaware County.


McDevitt appears in court

Rev. James J. McDevitt, the former priest at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville, appeared briefly in the Town of Middletown Justice Court Thursday morning. McDevitt is currently facing charges of sexual misconduct for incidents that allegedly occurred during his time at the parish. McDevitt appeared with his newly appointed attorney, Paul Gruner, who requested a 30-day adjournment to familiarize himself with the case.


School districts react to delay in state aid payments

By Julia Green
Following an announcement by Gov. David A. Paterson last week, the state has delayed $2.1 billion in school aid payments that were scheduled to be made April 1. The announcement came following a failed attempt between Paterson and the state legislature to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that began April 1.


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