Andes students host Manhattan pen pals

By John Bernhardt
It was the classic tale of City Mouse/Country Mouse last week at Andes Central School. Andes played host to guests from New York City, students attending the School of Law and Social Justice located in Washington Heights. The visit was sponsored by the Catskill Center as part of their “Green Connection,” a collaborative grant program funded by Catskill Watershed Corporation bringing together students from urban and rural settings in an effort to develop a deeper understanding of the Watershed and the importance of man’s greatest resource.

Andes set to bond new garage project this month; project scheduled for completion by year's end


By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Andes is on schedule to begin work on a new highway garage this summer, and is still expecting to occupy the new facility by the end of the year.
On Monday, during the first board meeting in the new town offices, officials received an encouraging update from Delaware Engineering, which has handled the project’s design.

Birdseed targeted as bear attacks trunk of vehicle


Two 50-pound bags of birdseed in the trunk of a Town of Andes man’s car was more temptation than a hungry bear could stand Sunday night.
Arthur Antonison, who lives on Finkle Road off Route 28 at the top of Palmer Hill, told the News Monday morning that a bear ripped the rear bumper off his 2004 Nissan Sentra in an attempt to get at the birdseed.

Barefoot Boys play in Andes June 21


Kick off your shoes and start off your summer fun with a concert of Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain folk songs, ballads, square dance tunes, and instrumental medleys by The Barefoot Boys. You’ll relish this high energy, string band trio’s rollicking renditions of regional music, played on nine different instruments and sung with three-part harmonies. The concert, sponsored by The Andes Society for History and Culture (ASHC) will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at The Pleasant Valley Meeting House on the Tremperskill.

Garden Tour sponsored by library


The Andes Public Library will sponsor a benefit tour of 12 gardens on Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the theme of “The Early Summer Garden.” Maps showing the location of each garden may be purchased that day at the library, 242 Main Street, Andes, for a suggested donation of $10. Admission for children is free.

Slimy fundraiser Saturday at Andes Central School


The Andes Central School Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) contest culminates this Saturday, June 7 with the winning students dropping buckets of slime, water balloons, and whipped cream on the folks they selected as targets. 
The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. and all the action will take place behind the Andes school.  The public is invited to watch and help applaud these students for their reading efforts.

School district voters easily OK budgets

Staff report
Margaretville, Andes and Roxbury voters easily approved school budgets for 2008-2009 during voting last Tuesday.
The Margaretville budget was up 6.9 percent overall and totaled $10,673,038. The tax levy increase will be 4.8 percent.
District voters approved the measure by a margin of 103-36. Randall Moore of Margaretville was elected to fill a vacancy on the school board and received 125 votes.

Board seeking answers for ACS building issues


By Matthew J. Perry
Voting on May 20 saw the 2008-2009 budget for Andes Central School approved and its two nominees for the educational board, Michael Tuch and Gerald Murphy, elected with 99 and 97 votes, respectively.
But some financial issues remained unsettled when the board convened on May 22. The school finds itself in a bind created by two proposed upgrades to the school building.

CROP funding restored for local school districts

The New York State Education Department (SED) has announced grant awards for their 21st-Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Programs funded through the federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

Delaware County art tour to hit the road June 7

Delaware County has a growing community of artists and art galleries. The 3rd Annual Delaware County Gallery Tour on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will create a full-day event enabling visitors from outside the local area to drive through participating towns and villages, enjoying the magnificent countrysides, while en route to galleries spread throughout Delaware County.

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