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Eight young people who volunteer to work at Andy and Friends Coney Bar in downtown Decatur were among numerous people who recently gathered at that business to hold a thank-you party for Rick Koester, a teacher for decades at Bellmont Middle School.
The young people were his students a few years ago and they join many other current a former students in holding Koester in high regard for his career.
He was given a "HERO" sash to wear and a dandy cake. With Koester were, standing, from left, Andy Faurote, Amy Isch, Tiffany Jackson, Ronnie Landrum, Lindsey Wurm, Candy Reidenbach, Kendra Braun, and Jessica Smith.
Andy and Friends Coney Bar is on Madison St. between First and Second Sts. and is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.