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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.


Recount confirms VanBenscoten as Margaretville mayor

By Julia Green
It was even closer the second time around, as the Margaretville mayoral race was the subject of a recount Tuesday morning. Two representatives from the Delaware County Board of Elections, Republican Commissioner William Campbell and Democratic Commissioner Janice Burdick, were on hand to conduct the re-canvas, in which John VanBenschoten remained the winner – this time by a two-vote margin.


Tedisco, Murphy face off for Congressional vacancy

By Brian Sweeney
Assembly Republican Minority Leader James Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy will face off on Tuesday, March 31 as voters in New York’s 20th Congressional District elect a representative to replace Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gillibrand, who was elected to her second term last fall, was recently named to replace U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, after the latter was appointed Secretary of State. Tedisco and Murphy emerged a their parties’ top candidates to succeed Rep. Gillibrand.


Morell wins easily in Fleischmanns mayoral race

By Jay Braman Jr.
Dave Morell defeated incumbent Malcolm Becker last Wednesday in the race for mayor in the Village of Fleishmanns. Morell received 70 votes. Becker, who was a write-in candidate, got 13 votes. Morell said this week that even though he would not be officially sworn in until April 6 there’s no time like the present.


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.


Local chef cooked at Macy's demo

Devin Mills, co-owner of the Peekamoose Restaurant in Shandaken, was one of thousands of chefs selected as a representative of farm-to-table cuisine at the Macy’s Culinary Center in midtown Manhattan on March 7. Mills was selected by the Ulster County Tourism Board and the “I Love NY” campaign to showcase Catskills cuisine. Adding to the challenge: Mills was operating with just one hand, having broken his right hand a week beforehand.


College information offered at Onteora

The Onteora High School Guidance Department is hosting a College Admissions Information Session on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school chorus room (#121A).
Important information about post-secondary education and the college admissions process will be presented.


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.


Auxiliary Thrift Shop business brisk at new location

Business has been brisk at the new location for the Thrift Shop operated by the Auxiliary of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
The new Thrift Shop officially opened at its new location at 850 Main Street, Margaretville on Valentine’s Day. In a little more than month, the new shop has attracted a steady flow of customers — including many new ones.


Margaretville movie is topic

The Roxbury Library Association will offer a screening and a group discussion of the documentary film “Marvelous Margaretville,” directed by Roxbury resident Roger Bobley, on Tuesday, April 14 at 1 p.m. Regular RLA Tuesday Forum attendees will provide refreshments following the film screening and discussion session.


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