Andes Tax hike at 5.9%


By Geoff Samuels
The Town of Andes experienced declining revenue in 2012 resulting in a property tax hike of 6.95 percent in their 2013 budget.

In a phone interview with the News, Town Supervisor Martin Donnelly characterized the shortfalls as due to “un-received anticipated revenues” and was quick to point out that a recent headline in another local paper referring to his budget woes as being caused by “missing revenues” was, in his terms, “an erroneous statement.” Donnelly went on to speak about what he deemed were the real reasons for the shortfall.

Chace Randall opens Curator's Choice Show


Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery presents Curator’s Choice; a group exhibition by the gallery’s permanently exhibiting artists November 15 – December 26. In celebration, the gallery will serve refreshments all afternoon: Thursday, Nov. 15. You are invited! And the gallery will be open on a Wednesday, too: Boxing Day, December 26 close of show—might have some brew!

Andes Clinic construction in full swing


Staff Report
Construction on the 2,800-square-foot Andes Health Center is well underway. However the $700,000 project on lower Main Street, which sits on just over an acre of land, is running a few months behind schedule.

The primary care facility, which is to be run by Dr. Susan Fiore of Bassett Heathcare, is not expected to be ready to open its doors until January. 

Andes pickleball players needed


Andes — The Andes Pickleball Players have some openings for the fall indoor season.
Pickleball is a rather fast-paced game of tennis doubles, played on a smaller court and with paddles and a plastic ball. The game lends itself to those in good athletic shape who just can’t, or prefer not to, do all the running that tennis requires. Players meet twice a week through the year: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Andes Central School gym. The fall season begins on Sunday, Sept. 30.

New exhibits debut at Chace


Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery proudly presents Re-Imagined, new portrait paintings by Grant Collier, and Traveler, new abstract paintings by Michael Rich, September 21 to November 4. The reception for the artists is Saturday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Water advisory issued in Town of Andes


Staff report
This week’s predicted thunderstorms, courtesy of the remnants from Tropical Storm Issac, may be just what the Catskills need.

The region has been so parched in recent weeks that the Town of Andes issued an advisory asking residents to conserve water. Portions of Delaware County, including Andes, have been experiencing abnormally dry weather. “

We don’t want people to panic, but the water table is low,” said Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly “We’re asking them to conserve water now, so we won’t have a problem later.”

'Shifting Gears' opens at Longyear


Margaretville — Opening this Thursday, August 23 at The Longyear Gallery is “Shifting Gears,” an exhibit featuring the work of artist Leslie Brill, accompanied by a group show of Longyear Gallery artists. The artist’s reception will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Andes to host Sept. 8 events


Andes — Two exciting events will spice up the community on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The Andes Hotel will feature its annual Stars and Stripes Chili Cook Off from 2 to 6 p.m. with judging at 3 p.m. The entry fee for cooks is $10 and the tasting fee is $10. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Andes Stars and Stripes Fund.
The event will feature live music by The Round House Rockers.
Cooks wishing to compete for great prizes and culinary glory should call Ed at The Andes Hotel at 676-3980 for all the spicy details.

Andes Community Day set for Saturday


Andes — Andes will hold its annual Community Day this Saturday, Aug. 11 featuring a wide range of activities sure to please everyone.

The centerpiece of the day is a parade down Main Street that begins around 10 a.m., just after the Kingston-bound bus goes through.

The day also features hayrides, a farmers’ market, raffles, a car show, great food from several vendors, a giant library book sale, museum tours, music, a dog demo and a watermelon eating contest.
For more information on the day call 676-4616 or go to

Artist to be remembered at Andes Community Day


By Pauline Liu
When the residents of the Town of Andes turn out to celebrate their annual Community Day on Saturday, some will mark the occasion by celebrating the short but brilliant life of one of their own. Michelle MacNaught of DeLancey was a gifted art student at SUNY Purchase. She died last November after a yearlong battle with ovarian cancer. She was just 21.

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