Andes fails to pull trigger on anti-SAFE Act resoluton


By Geoff Samuels
The Andes Town Board has tabled a resolution to join the Sheriffs’ Association and numerous other entities in opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE).

After hearing from several members of the public at last Tuesday’s meeting, the town board agreed to delay any vote on the measure, pending modifications to the proposed resolution.

Andes Hotel featured on cooking show


Andes — On Thursday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., on the popular Cooking Channel show, “Hook, Line & Dinner” hosted by Ben Sargent, for culinary and fishing enthusiasts, watch the process of catching, smoking and cooking local Catskill Mountain eel with two of Delaware County’s own.

Supervisor touts Andes upgrades for new year


Staff report
With a newly improved wastewater treatment facility, a new health clinic and cell phone service on the horizon, Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly says that it looks as though 2013 is shaping up to be a good year for the town.

The malfunctioning eight-year-old wastewater treatment system has finally been overhauled. “I’m very, very pleased,” said Donnelly. “Sometimes, you have to really step back and look at these things. The city is actually using this new type of system that we’re getting.”

Andes girls rally past WAJ

By John Bernhardt
Andes coach Jeff Rhone had to breathe a sigh of relief that his team didn’t need a last-second basket from the foul line in last Thursday’s season opener at Windham.  The Mountaineers got very little help from the charity stripe, hitting only five of 25 foul shots, but rallied in the second half to down Windham, 31-26, in spite of the poor foul shooting.

AS stages 'Beauty and the Beast' this weekend


Andes — Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, on the Andes Central School stage.  Shows at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and a 1 p.m. Sunday matinee will provide ample opportunity for everyone to discover that beauty resides from within. 

The loss of humanity and the quest to regain it is the emotional core and central theme of this classic fairy tale that includes some very unusual characters who find strength in one another as they learn how to love.

Hard work key for ACS hoops team

By John Bernhardt
Sitting out a basketball season for a hardwood-loving coach is like a scratch that just won’t stop itching. Jeff Rhone decided to tickle that scratch when he returned to the sidelines to coach the Andes girls’ basketball team this winter. Rhone gets a big boost from assistant coaches Tom and Susie Little, the coaches of last season’s Mountaineer team.

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.

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