Santa comes early to Andes this season

By Matthew J. Perry
Andes residents kicked into the holiday season Saturday with a town-wide effort that celebrated the past, the present, and of course, a certain gent from the North Pole.
In what is hoped will become a yearly extravaganza, local merchants teamed with the Andes Society for History and Culture to create an attraction that celebrated both the season and the town.

Roxbury boys win on the road; ACS, MCS fall at home

By Julia Green
Roxbury 64, Margaretville 35
It was as if two different teams were alternating quarters for the Margaretville Central School Blue Devils last Wednesday night, when the visiting Roxbury Rockets defeated MCS on its home court, 64-35.
The Blue Devils, who opened the scoring with five points including a three-pointer from junior guard Mitch VanKeuren, led the Rockets until less than two minutes remained in the first quarter, when they relinquished the lead and never regained it.

Margaretville girls split as Andes, Roxbury fall

By Julia Green
Andes 48, Stamford 54
Defense was the main problem for the Andes girls when they traveled to Stamford to face the Indians last Tuesday. The Mountaineers fell 54-48 to Stamford in the Delaware League match-up.
“Offensively, I was very pleased with how we played,” said Head Coach Jeff Rhone. “I thought we did a nice job of breaking when we had opportunities and we did get some easy baskets in the transition; however, defensively we didn’t play well at all.”

Andes basketball preview: Head coach looking for defensive aggressiveness from young girls' squad

By Julia Green
“It’s funny, on paper we’re not that young,” said Head Coach Jeff Rhone of his Andes girls’ varsity basketball team. “But in terms of experience, we’re very young.”
In terms of numbers, however, Rhone has the biggest squad he’s had at Andes, with a roster of 14. Five players from last year’s squad return, three of whom were starters for the Mountaineers, who won three games last year.

Andes basketball preview: Bernhardt returns to coach boys with new outlook on the game

By Julia Green
For the Andes boys’ varsity basketball team, it’s a little less “out with the old, in with the new” and more “in with the old with a new point of view.”
Head Coach John Bernhardt is returning to the reins after a hiatus from the coaching ranks while last year’s coach, Adam VanValkenburg, works on completing work on his master’s degree.
“No one else expressed an interest, so I said, ‘What the heck,’” Bernhardt said. “I love basketball, love coaching basketball – it’s a lot of fun, but I must admit it’s a little more taxing on the body as I get older.”

Andes releases names of honor roll students

Andes Central School has released its first quarter Honor Roll for the middle school and high school.

Superintendent’s List
Grade 12—Hattie Brown.
Grade 11—Kaitlin Mackay.
Grade 10—Gina Tait.
Grade 9—Edward Mackay.
Grade 8—Kelsey Little, Tristin Tait.
Grade 6—Torin Bacon.

Andes hoop team starts season with a win at home

Junior Josh Bonifacic led the Mountaineers with 12 points and 16 rebounds as the Andes Central School boys’ varsity basketball team opened the 2008-09 season with a 67-38 win at home over Roscoe on Monday.
Returning senior Ethan Berghammer scored eight of a team-high 13 points during the first quarter while sophomore guard Eric Reed, a first-year varsity player, tallied seven points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the host Mountaineers.

Public invited to tree lighting in Andes Dec. 6


Andes — The Village of Andes kicks off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. Residents will gather at Bohlman Park, adjacent to the library.  When the tree it lit, everyone will join in singing Christmas carols while they wait for Santa to arrive by fire truck.  He’ll be bringing gifts for all the children and taking careful note of their Christmas wishes.

Old show closing at Chace; new exhibit opens Nov. 28


Andes — Chace-Randall Fine Art Gallery in Andes announces the last weekend for: New:Hampshire/Orleans paintings by Patrick McCay and quilts by Nat Thomas through Nov. 23 only.
New at the gallery beginning November 28 will be “Curator’s Choice: Winter” showing work by Mark Beard, Mariella Bisson, Rimer Cardillo, Keith Cardwell, Grant Collier, Michael Fauerbach, Judith Lamb, Inverna Lockpez, Patrick McCay, E. Ira McCrudden, Jenny Nelson, Alberto Rey, Christine Rodin, Meredith Rosier, Christie Scheele, Nat Thomas, Marie Vickerilla and Sharon Wandel.

Andes supervisor paints bleak picture of cost of NYC's acquisition program


By Matthew J. Perry
Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly used a quiet town board meeting on Tuesday to raise community awareness of an Environmental Impact Study that has been commissioned by the county to assess the affects of New York City’s land acquisition program.
A final draft of the study, which is being conducted by the Downeast Group, a consulting firm based in Nova Scotia, is expected in February 2009. This month, Downeast representatives are conducting informational meetings in Delhi, Walton, Middletown and Stamford. Preliminary study findings will be presented, and county residents will have the opportunity to comment and voice their concerns.

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