Andes unveils $2.25 million budget


By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Andes presented a preliminary budget for 2009 at a public hearing last week Tuesday.
A figure of $2,253,814 is projected for town’s general fund, highway department, and water, sewer and lighting districts. The fire district budget was not included in the totals.
The town’s tax revenue is expected to increase by approximately five percent. There is one noticeable increase in residents’ fees: 128 customers of Andes Water District #1 will pay $425 in fees per dwelling unit in 2009, a $50 increase over the ’08 budget.

DEC Commissioner says agency is well prepared for a gas rush

By Matthew J. Perry
The New York Assembly Committee of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing in Albany on October 15 to investigate potential impacts of natural gas drilling. Twenty-four witnesses, including high-ranking representatives of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), gas company executives, independent scientists and environmental activists were invited to testify at what became a day-long event.

Halloween abounds in Phoenicia with scary activities this weekend

By Jay Braman Jr.
Witches and werewolves will be on the prowl all weekend long in Phoenicia, where special events will entice all souls to partake in the fun. On Friday at 7 p.m. in the STS Playhouse on Church Street will be a special showing of the humor/horror classic “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”

Spaghetti dinner Friday to help former MCS teacher

A benefit Spaghetti Dinner to assist the family of former teacher Nat Ciccone will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Margaretville Firehall. Nat Ciccone, known to many as “Mr. C,” is battling cancer. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will be used to assist Mr. C, his wife and two daughters to defray expenses related to his illness.

Nature, environment, animals focus of play series at Andes


Students in grades 2 through 6 from Andes Central School will perform scenes from five plays about nature, environment and animals on Monday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The production is the culmination of five classroom projects in the Empire State Partnership between Andes Central School and The Open Eye Theater, a not-for-profit professional company based in Margaretville. Project Director is the Open Eye Theater’s producing artistic director Amie Brockway. The performance will be on stage in the Andes Central School gym.

Thomas opening Oct. 25 at the Longyear Gallery

Opening this week is a new collective show by the Longyear member artists, featuring In Close Harmony, a solo exhibition by Nat Thomas. The artist’s reception will take place at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. When Nat Thomas moved to the Catskills 24 years ago, he planned on developing three new enthusiasms – fly fishing, cross-country skiing and landscape painting. While he never quite got around to the fishing and skiing, 18 years later he did indeed pick up a brush and began painting the familiar local landscapes that have become his trademark.

Storycrafters concert planned for Friday at Andes auditorium


Andes — The musical storytelling duo “The Storycrafters” will be the featured performers in a free concert at the Andes Central School this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Described on the “Today" show as “two wonderful storytellers captivating children,” The Storycrafters (aka Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall) have been performing together for over 15 years. With their inimitable tandem style of telling, The Storycrafters tastefully weave music and story together in performances that have wowed audiences around the world.

Cabaret artists Dell, Brown will return to Andes Hotel


Andes — “The Best of Times” songs and lyrics by Jerry Herman will be presented by cabaret artists Patricia Dell and Kent Brown, at The Andes Hotel, on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. This wonderful evening of song features selections from Herman’s hit shows such as “Hello Dolly,” “Mame,” “Milk & Honey,” “Mack and Mabel” and others.

Unique nighttime hike set at YMCA

Claryville — A unique Nighttime Hike offering a chance for star gazing and watching nocturnal animals is set at Frost Valley YMCA on Saturday, Nov. 1 starting at 6 p.m. Reid Bauer of Frost Valley will lead the hike, helping participants overcome a fear of the dark by exploring how humans and animals adapt to the nighttime environment. The excursion will also be dedicated to learning how to view planets, stars and constellations with both the naked eye and telescopes, which will be provided.

Community input sought for Middletown Comprehensive Plan

Margaretville — All residents, property owners, civic groups, businesses and government officials are invited and encouraged to participate in a special “planning and visioning” workshop to shape the future of the Town of Middletown. The event will be held on Nov. 1 at the Margaretville Firehall starting promptly at 11 a.m. This is a public planning session and the entire community is encouraged to participate.

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