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— Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

Meet the two women running for Malone town supervisor.  Andrea Stewart and Mary Scharf differ in personality and professional background, while both present formidable credentials for the job of leading this community. I interviewed them, separately, for this article, and here is my take on each.
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Andrea (Andy) Stewart
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First and foremost, you need to know that Andy can fix a carburetor.  (This is what she’s doing in the photo, above.)  It all started the day this 16-year-old kid marched into a Malone service station and announced to the dumbfounded owner, “Your business needs me!”  No, not as a mechanic but to pump gas.  (Young Andy had noticed that the mechanics had to interrupt their work whenever a motorist drove in for gas.  She figured she could save the owner money by taking over gas pumping duties.)  When he pointed out that a 16-year-old girl was not a top priority for hiring, she had her answer ready.  “Let me work for a weekend without pay. If you’re not convinced by the end of the weekend, then, fine, I’ll concede you don’t need me.”

You can guess the outcome.  (All you have to do is look at the above photo!)  There was a significant uptick in business, especially from males.  She pumped gas for the rest of her high school career.

The moral to the story is not that a 16-year-old girl learned how to fix a carburetor; it’s that she was bold and courageous and resourceful, and if she learned how to repair cars along the way, this was a bonus.
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