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Restructuring debt helps Andes water district

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By Cheryl Petersen
“With the work and persistence of Marge Merzig, Bud Gladstone, and Senator Seward and his staff, the water debt has been reconstructed,” said Town of Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly at the town’s board meeting last week.
“This will keep the costs down for water users in Andes water district.” The resolution for bond restructuring formalized persistent efforts to keep costs down. Other actions included approval for Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams to rent an excavator and discussion on upcoming roadwork.

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Jade Litaker brings her musical gifts to the college stage

By John Bernhardt
As a high school student, she charmed and delighted local audiences on the Andes Central School stage. Her impressive singing voice helped bring to life, among others, legendary musical characters like Jasmine of “Aladdin,” Mabel of “The Pirates of Penzance” and Mrs. Potts of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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Andes plans indoor farmers market in former Citihope building

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By Brian Sweeney
A new Andes Farmers’ Market is set to open on Saturday, May 3 in the former Citihope building on Main Street.
Cheryl Terrace and Andy Wos are organizing the project and she will serve as market manager.
“Andy and I are thrilled with the interest and are confident this will be a huge success, with the right vendors and energy,” Cheryl noted.
“We are also creating a community commercial kitchen in the back to prepare and serve food,” she added.

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Andes track squad off and running for a new season

By John Bernhardt
Only five students signed on that first year, seven springs ago, when Andes Central School started a track and field program. A long run of baseball had come to a close when Andes could no longer find enough boys to field a team. This spring, the Andes track team is off and running with track and field participant levels reaching five times the total of that first year.

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ACS teams up with food bank to promote healthy eating for kids

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Andes — A joint program being sponsored by Andes Central School (ACS) and the Andes Food Bank kicked off Friday when each and every ACS student in Kindergarten through second grade picked up a box of healthy food on the way home to make sure that all of the school’s younger children have healthy eating choices over the weekend.
HELPING HANDS: Andes Central School and the Andes Food Bank have teamed up for a healthy food program. From left are Torin Bacon, Winnie Richards-Consigny, Giovanni Patrocini, Samantha Ackerly and Allison Long. Contributed photos.HELPING HANDS: Andes Central School and the Andes Food Bank have teamed up for a healthy food program. From left are Torin Bacon, Winnie Richards-Consigny, Giovanni Patrocini, Samantha Ackerly and Allison Long. Contributed photos.


Andes' Mariah Ruff named top female hoop player in the state

By John Bernhardt
From the moment she picked up a basketball as an elementary student on the hardwoods of the tiny court at Andes Central School, the people who watched her play understood they were seeing something special. Even so, few could have predicted the incredible heights to which Mariah Ruff’s basketball game would one day climb. Last weekend, the Basketball Coaches’ Association of New York announced Mariah Ruff as the 2014 “Miss Basketball,” the top high school girls’ basketball player in any class, at any level in New York State.
High Flying: Mariah Ruff, an Andes native, here in action for her Oneonta High School team.High Flying: Mariah Ruff, an Andes native, here in action for her Oneonta High School team.


Water bill relief sought in Andes

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By Cheryl Petersen
Last month, Andes officials met with State Senator Seward to try to refinance the loan or loans in the Andes water district.
Supervisor Marty Donnelly said, “The meeting was encouraging, and Senator Seward is assisting the village to reduce the debt service. Marge Merzig, town consultant, played a significant role and with the newly adopted water district budget, the Town of Andes will be able to make possible to basic customers a reduced annual user charge from $480 to $400.”


Writers in the Mountains host workshops about writing your own story

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its popular six-week workshop The Significance of Story: Threads of Revelation with Carol Little at the Andes Public Library, Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., from April 7 to May 12.
Says Little, “Every person’s story is unique, no matter what shared experiences we have had.  We are changed and shaped by what we experience—by our choices, our circumstances, and by things that simply happen as we maneuver through life. Stories have personal meaning, turning points and markers.


Andes Clinic marks first anniversary

By Cheryl Petersen
The first anniversary for the Andes Clinic is just round the corner. As part of Bassett Healthcare Network, the Andes Clinic opened March 25, 2013 and has now reported 2,300 visits. “The clinic is meeting the need for primary care,” said Dr. Susan Fiore. “It’s been so well received that this spring we will be expanding services.”
TEAMWORK: Among the staff at the Andes Clinic are, from left, Shirley Roth, Karyn Basile and Dr. Susan Fiore. — Photo by Cheryl Petersen.TEAMWORK: Among the staff at the Andes Clinic are, from left, Shirley Roth, Karyn Basile and Dr. Susan Fiore. — Photo by Cheryl Petersen.


Jack Grace Band returns to Andes March 8

One of the Andes Hotel’s all-time favorites, the Jack Grace Band, will keep you wanting more on Saturday, March 8. 
ROCK ON!: One of the Andes Hotel’s all-time favorites, the Jack Grace Band, will return to the venue on Saturday, March 8. ROCK ON!: One of the Andes Hotel’s all-time favorites, the Jack Grace Band, will return to the venue on Saturday, March 8. 


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