Andes fracking foes seek town ban


By Pauline Liu
When Town of Andes officials held a forum on hydrofracking last Friday, they anticipated that it might run late and draw a large, emotionally charged crowd. However, the event wound up exceeding even their wildest expectations.

The marathon meeting lasted a mind-boggling four-and-a-half hours. It was held in the auditorium of Andes Central School and drew a crowd of 156 people, which is sizable for the town with a population of about 1,300. 

Rent War is topic at Andes program


Andes — The Andes Sprouts Society will present an evening dedicated to exploring the lively history of the Catskills’ Down Rent War on Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Fracking forum set for Friday in Andes


By Pauline Liu
In response to requests from several residents, the Town of Andes will hold what Supervisor Marty Donnelly calls “a natural gas drilling forum” on Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m. at Andes Central School.
For those who wish to be heard, there will be a sign-up sheet at the school. Each speaker will be given up to three minutes to either express their views or ask questions.

Andes Wastewater Treatment Plant woes continue


By Pauline Liu
With weeks to go before the Town of Andes and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hope to strike a deal to overhaul of the town’s wastewater treatment plant, the facility’s filtration system appears to be on borrowed time.

One of the two microfiltration units at the plant has broken down twice since July. The second breakdown occurred only a week ago.

Chill out Saturday in Andes


Andes — The heat wave is over! Come and cool down in way cool Andes on Andes Community Day this Saturday, Aug. 13.

Activities start with a pancake breakfast at the firehall from 7 to 9 a.m. followed by a parade down Main Street at 10:30. The wonderful down-home traditions of hayrides, fiddlers all over town, vendors on the school grounds, lawn sales everywhere, the, horseshoe tournament (at 1 p.m. at the Weather Tite Barn on Redden Lane), beautiful baby and pet contests, continue.

Reception Saturday for Andes painters


Andes — Two Andes painters, Nancy McShane and Mary Davis, will be exhibiting their artwork at The Hunting Tavern Museum on Upper Main Street through Labor Day weekend.
The work of both artists is inspired by the local area and the scenery of the Catskill Mountains. The McShane paintings are executed in acrylics, and the Davis works, landscapes and still life, are done in pastels.

Andes Super in fracking flip-flop?


By Pauline Liu
The controversial subject of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” took center stage at the monthly Andes Town Board meeting and people heard Supervisor Marty Donnelly discuss how he couldn’t support fracking.

After he was done, some members of the audience added their own comments. A few of them demanded that the town board conduct a public meeting, so that the community could reach some kind of consensus on the issue. While some tempers flared after the meeting, for the most part, cool heads prevailed during discussion of this hot-button issue. 

Mariah Ruff is Gym Rat All Star

By John Bernhardt
A record field of over 2,200 girls playing on 200 basketball teams from 14 states and Canada gathered in Albany last weekend to take part in the Gym Rat Challenge.
Former Andes player Mariah Ruff was named as one of 39 Gym Rat All-Stars in the tournament. Ruff, a former junior high girls’ varsity standout at Andes Central School transferred this past year to Oneonta where she was an all-star freshman point guard for the Section IV Class B champions. Ruff’s Catskill Mountain AAU team advanced to the championship round of the tournament.

High school commencements time to reflect and look ahead

By Pauline Liu
Graduation time is an annual rite of summer that’s generally accompanied by warm weather and barbecues. So it was with much anticipation that commencement ceremonies were held last weekend for the classes of 2011 at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools.
Twelve seniors graduated from Andes on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. The graduates were Joshua Bonifacic, Nathan Eagle, Peter Fabrykiewicz, Travis Fairbairn, Thomas Falco, Gabrielle Harp, Isabella Mincarelli, Eric Reed, Cameron Roberts, Gina Tait, Kayla Weaver, and Ian Wright.

Reception for "Featuring All" this Saturday at Chace


Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery presents “Featuring All,” a group exhibition by the gallery’s permanently exhibiting artists. The show will hang from June 24 to July 31. In the spirit of “Featuring All,” the gallery will be serving refreshments all day Saturday, June 25.

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