VILLAGE OF ANDOVER
4 SOUTH MAIN STREET • P.O. Box 721
ANDOVER, N.Y. 14806

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

OFFICE: 607-478-8455
PUBLIC WORKS: 607-478-8452
POLICE: 607-478-8448

May 2005

As you most likely have already noted, our Main Street Project is underway including the installation of the remaining portion of the Water Lines under the Water Line Replacement Project. I’m told both projects will be finished well before July 4th so we shouldn’t have any problems with our parade and the festivities that follow.

On a sad note, the Village of Andover will sorely miss New York State Senator Pat McGee. She was a strong supporter of local government and a personal friend. She was always there when we needed her. I remember my first contact with her. When first mentioned as a possible candidate for the New York State Assembly, representing our Town and Village, I sent her a donation because she came from the same Village in Cattaraugus County as my brother. Franklinville, New York. A week or so later I received a friendly phone call from Pat. It was obvious that she wondered who I was and what my intentions were. We had a nice conversation and soon became good friends. Later, much to my surprise, I found out that I was the first person from her new district to send her a donation. Being from the old school of politics this meant a lot to her and I was reminded of it several times over the years that followed. I wish Cathy Young all the best as she stands for election to the State Senate on May 10th.

Also, I’d like to mention the passing of Dan Perkins, former Andover Fire Chief. Dan was a strong supporter of Andover and gave much of his time and energies to the community. From fire and rescue service to membership in the Lions Club. You could always count on Dan Perkins to help out. He was an honest, hard working and loyal member of our community. His family can be very proud of his commitment and service to Andover.

It was a special honor for me to attend the Andover Fire Department’s Annual Dinner, Saturday evening, April 16th when Larry “Ike” Rogers was honored for his life saving efforts back in November of 2004 when he came upon a car accident and a driver in distress. Ike helped save a life. I’ve always thought the world of Ike and was glad to see him get the attention he deserved. Anyone who knows him though realizes that it’s nothing out of the ordinary for Ike. You often hear that there are no “hero’s” anymore. All anyone has to do is look around and you’ll find a lot of them. Visit any local fire department, rescue squad or police station. Watch for people like Ike, who are so willing to give of themselves to help another. These are the real hero’s and I’m proud to know them.

May is a special month for me. The four women who are closest to me were all born in May. My Mother-in-Law, my wife, my mother and my Grandmother. Also, the senior member of my family, Jim Joyce, was born in May. May also is a special time for commemoration and re-dedication to the men and women of our armed forces past and present who have given the last full measure of devotion in service of their country. I urge everyone in our community to make an effort to recognize the service of our men and women in the military by flying the American Flag on Memorial Day and to engage in our communities Memorial Day activities if possible.

Warmest Regards,

Karl E. Graves, Mayor

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