MEET KORTNEY LAWLOR, PROPRIETOR OF WILD COMMON WINES & SPIRITS – February 2018

MEET KORTNEY LAWLOR, PROPRIETOR OF WILD COMMON WINES & SPIRITS - February 2018

Wild Common Wines, Kortney Lawlor’s new venture, is not only providing us with the convenience of a local wine store, but very special, affordable wines –with a gracopis proprietor who knows her stuff.

ANDES TOWN BOARDS: ANYTHING BUT BORING! – March 2018

ANDES TOWN BOARDS: ANYTHING BUT BORING! - March 2018

Reporter Buffy Calvert gets down both the substance and the spirit of this very interesting meeting. Be sure to read it!

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – March 2018

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS  - March 2018

Senior Trip to the Bahamas. Travel Club goes to a rebuilding effort in Houston.

FIELD NOTES: WINTER DOLDRUMS – March 2018

FIELD NOTES:  WINTER DOLDRUMS - March 2018

Jack goes back in time and then recounts dynamic bird life in the present.

BOOK REVIEW: Torch by Cheryl Strayed – March 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  Torch by Cheryl Strayed  - March 2018

Reviewer …the story is not a downer. What it is, is real. Its fidelity to the way things actually are and to what people actually feel is inspiring.”

LIBRARY NOTES – March 2018

Patrons: Make sure you have an up-to-date barcoded card. And good news: Our website is officially live.

ON THE WINGS OF EAGLES – March 2018

A first-hand account by Diane about her chickens and the Bald Eagles who circle overhead.

BUSTED FOR PICKING UP LITTER – March 2018

Roadside litter and how the Annual Andes Litter Pickup is encouraged(constrained?) to become an official DOT operation.

THE WAY WE WERE 100 Years Ago – March 1918

THE WAY WE WERE 100 Years Ago   - March 1918

Mike Fergison chooses jail over marriage. Read the story…..

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – January 2018

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS  - January 2018

Ms. Lauren Green, our Academic Team advisor, is preparing our academic team for their competition on Thursday, January 4th.

BOOK REVIEW: Pachinko by Jin Min Lee – January 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  Pachinko by Jin Min Lee - January 2018

Lee secures our attention and keeps it on a tight leash throughout. Her characters are complex, sympathetic, and highly individuated.

SPECIAL NOTE OF GRATITUDE – January 2018

SPECIAL NOTE OF GRATITUDE - January 2018

This is a special note of gratitude to all involved with our 2nd annual Christmas parade, successfully delivering Santa Claus to the Andes Library for our town Christmas Tree and Nativity lighting.

FIELD NOTES: THE WRONG HOLLOW – January 2018

FIELD NOTES: THE WRONG HOLLOW - January 2018

Toxic squirrels? Could it be that our red squirrels are so toxic that their predators won’t eat them? Well it appeared this way as I left two fresh killed up where I set my trail cam, which is usually baited with meat table scraps, and, as always scavenged by coyotes, bears or raccoons the first night.

JUST PHYLLISOPHY: FIRST REAL SNOW -January 2018

JUST PHYLLISOPHY: FIRST REAL SNOW -January 2018

Inside and cozy while it snows.

LIBRARY NOTES – January 2018

LIBRARY NOTES - January 2018

Local artisan and children’s author Gary Mead visited the library on Monday, December 18th to read his children’s book My First Tree Book – Sweet Sap to over twenty students from Andes Central School CROP program.

GARDEN THERAPY: Man Versus Nature – What is a garden anyway? – January 2018

GARDEN THERAPY:   Man Versus Nature – What is a garden anyway? - January 2018

I actually like Wikipedia’s take on it much better: A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials.

THE WAY WE WERE – January 2018

THE WAY WE WERE  - January 2018

World War I is affecting Andes in ways small and large.

Annie CAPTURES ANDES – December 2017

Annie CAPTURES ANDES - December 2017

Another fabulous all-school musical evoked by reviewer, Buffy Calvert.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – December 2017

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS  - December 2017

A school-wide field trip to NYC to see the Broadway show Wicked is just one bit of interesting news.

BOOK REVIEW: Fortunes of War :The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning – December 2017

BOOK REVIEW:  Fortunes of War :The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning - December 2017

Our guest reviewers recommend The Balkan Trilogy as a compelling story and a look into troubled Europe in the late 1930s

LIBRARY NOTES – December 2017

LIBRARY NOTES - December 2017

Note change of hours in BOX. Great news of new computers and wireless printing.

ANDES ELECTION RESULTS – December 2017

Results of recent local elections and tips for accessing county and state election information

THE WAY WE WERE – December 2017

THE WAY WE WERE - December 2017

When automobile registrations and income tax laws were still being figured out.

JUST PHYLLISOPHY – November 2017

JUST PHYLLISOPHY - November 2017

The low-key domestic adventures of Lili the cat.

HATS OFF TO THE HIGHWAY MEN – November 2017

A spontaneous gathering of happy Crescent Hill Lane dwellers viewing their newly paved road.

LIGHTS SOON TO FLASH on the CROSSWALK – November 2017

DOT has pledged new signage and pavement markings at the Route 28 crosswalk.

FIELD NOTES: AUTUMN 2017 – November 2017

FIELD NOTES:   AUTUMN 2017 - November 2017

Jack claims no collusion with book reviewer, Jane Tompkins, regarding the topic of ocean surfing in last month’s issue. And now lots of wonderful bear sightings with photos.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – November 2017

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS  - November 2017

A thank you to Alex Wilson and Irene Hussey of Wayside Cider for the fundraiser they held to raise money to provide beef to the school through the Farm Catskills program.

LIBRARY NOTES – November 2017

LIBRARY NOTES - November 2017

New patron computers are in. This is partly thanks to the O’Connor Foundation matching grant and some legislative bullet aid . Pam planned a military oriented movie to honor veterans on November 9th.

GARDEN THERAPY: The Fashionable and Functional Fire Pit – November 2017

GARDEN THERAPY:   The Fashionable and Functional Fire Pit - November 2017

Many, many types of fire pit are discussed: black sand, Belgian block, fieldstone, firebrick.

ANDES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE VIEWS AND NEWS – November 2017

Robyn Ciccone, introduces herself and the new Andes Chamber of Commerce.

The Way We Were – November 2017

The Way We Were - November 2017

Flooding news; long lives; a letter from M. Linn Bruce from the Western Front with General Pershing’s forces.

DRAFT HISTORIC PRESERVATION LAW PROVOKES DISCUSSION – NOVEMBER 2017

Although no formal request has yet been made for its input, the Planning Board discussed at length a draft of the proposed Historic Preservation Law.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – October 2017

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS  - October 2017

The new school year has started and we have lots of events going on.

Andes Healthy SnakPaks – October 2017

Andes Healthy SnakPaks - October 2017

Thirty-one Andes Central School children received their first SnakPaks of the new school year on Friday, September 8th.

FIELD NOTES: WIPED OUT — October 2017

FIELD NOTES:   WIPED OUT — October 2017

Jack remembers his surfing days in Hawaii and Peru, but brings us all back to his dear Andes, and the critters in our neighborhood.

LIBRARY NOTES — October 2017

LIBRARY NOTES — October 2017

The Four County Library System, Transparent Languages Online, is now available. You now have access to Over 100 languages, Alphabet Lessons, Speaking Practice and so much more. All is available at www.4cls.org

BOOK REVIEW: Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning, by Aaron James — October 2017

BOOK REVIEW:  Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning, by Aaron James — October 2017

Reviewed by Jane Tompkins I’ve always had a vague idea that in another life I’d like to be a surfer. Now I know for sure I’d like to be one, having read Surfing with Sartre, and wish I weren’t too old to start now. This is a book of popular philosophy—not written for academic philosophers…

GARDEN THERAPY: Very Variegated Variety – Warning: very geeky column – October 2017

GARDEN THERAPY:   Very Variegated Variety – Warning: very geeky column - October 2017

Everything you ever wanted to know about Variegated plants.

Shooting  Leaves in Early Autumn – October 2017

A poem by Don Knies

The Way We Were – October 2017

The Way We Were - October 2017

M. Linn Bruce, Jr. (Buffy Calvert’s Uncle) will become Second Lieutenant in the French Army. (Lots of tid bits regarding the War)

TOWN BOARD RESOLVES TO GO GREEN — October 2017

TOWN BOARD RESOLVES TO GO GREEN — October 2017

Grants available from NYSERDA to help towns reduce costs and enery use.

THE BENCH STANDS ALONE: Flood Commission Holds Final Public Hearing – October 2017

THE BENCH STANDS ALONE: Flood Commission Holds Final Public Hearing  - October 2017

The Flood Commission Holds Final Public Hearing and presents two remediation proposals.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – September 2017

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS  - September 2017

Upcoming events at ACS, as well as the hiring of a new music teacher.

MORNING MUSINGS — September 2017

Fifty one degrees this brilliant sunny July 30th morn. So happy that mountain weather has returned to the Catskills after ……………………………..

JUST PHYLLISOPHY – September 2017

Phyllis details a wonderful concert she attended as well as discovering a new Mexican Restaurant.

BOOK REVIEW – September 2017

BOOK REVIEW - September 2017

Jane reviews two books.

LIBRARY NOTES — September 2017

LIBRARY NOTES — September 2017

By Pamela West-Finkle The summer flew by and the library was abuzz with the sound of children. We had five weeks of solar eclipse and solar system workshops and ended with a wonderful party on Wednesday, August 2nd where the children were excited to explore the library and sprawl out on the floor to play…

GARDEN THERAPY: Balance – The Ongoing Struggle — September 2017

GARDEN THERAPY:  Balance - The Ongoing Struggle — September 2017

Mel discusses balancing your landscaping to give it a creative and beautiful curb appeal.

SUPER ANDES COMMUNITY DAYS 2017! – September 2017

SUPER ANDES COMMUNITY DAYS 2017!   -  September 2017

Andes Community Day: Parade, birds of prey, floats, children enjoying themselves.

OUR READERS WRITE: – September 2017

A correction from Michael Suchorsky

FIELD NOTES: SUMMER ENDS – September 2017

Jack takes a trip to Long Island, his place of birth and reminisces about his surfing and fishing skills – and how he tagged and released a shark, but is happy to return to Andes, his paradise.

Sufficient Unto the Day – September 2017

A poem by Rima Walker

SUPPORT ASHC THRIFT SHOP & SOME ASHC HISTORY! – September 2017

A little history regarding Andes Society for History and Culture and the ASHC Thrift Shop.

CLIMBING THE STEPS TO HUDSON MADE – August 2017

CLIMBING THE STEPS TO HUDSON MADE - August 2017

A new shop opens in Andes on the left of the Tin Horn building.

THE LEGACY OF MARY TUCKER – August 2017

All about our dear friend and former Gazette editor, Mary Tucker.

WATER WORKS I and II – August 2017

A poem by Don Knies

FIELD NOTES: ANDES SUMMER – August 2017

FIELD NOTES:  ANDES SUMMER - August 2017

I have indelible memories of encounters with wild things in my youth, some not appreciated by my parents at the time.

LIBRARY NOTES — August 2017

LIBRARY NOTES — August 2017

Although it’s been a rainy summer there was much going on at the Andes Library. On Aug. 2nd there was a Fun in the Sun party for the children.

The Way We Were – August 2017

The Way We Were - August 2017

Excerpts from messages sent home, from Paris, on June 22, 1917…… Andes is to have electric lights, and so much more.

GARDEN THERAPY: ROCKETS, GAZING BALLS, SCULPTURE AND DOODADS — August 2017

GARDEN THERAPY:  ROCKETS, GAZING BALLS, SCULPTURE AND DOODADS — August 2017

Mel discusses the do’s and don’ts of garden ornaments.

A VIEW FROM SHAVER HOLLOW – August 2017

Michael should have taken in his bird feeders.

SHALL WE BUILD A FLOOD PLAIN BENCH? – August 2017

Update on the Andes Flood Plain, and its proposed mitigation.

JUST PHYLLISOPHY – ANDES VOLUNTEERS – August 2017

JUST PHYLLISOPHY - ANDES VOLUNTEERS - August 2017

Seventeen years ago Phyllis discovered a community filled with so many creative and talented people.

Dear Friends of the Roundtable,

After many years the Andes Roundtable is closing.

WHAT’S NEW IN ANDES? Stephanie Charlene’s Ceramic Studio & Shop – July 2017

WHAT’S NEW IN ANDES? Stephanie Charlene’s Ceramic Studio & Shop - July 2017

Stephanie Charlene’s 131 Main Street pottery workshop is now also a retail store showcasing striking porcelain pitchers, bowls, steins and plates.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS INDUCTED

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY  MEMBERS INDUCTED

New inductees into the J.D. Frisbee Chapter of the National Honor Society.

FIELD NOTES: Avian Friends Return – JULY 2016

FIELD NOTES:  Avian Friends Return - JULY 2016

Jack describes a whole plethora of returnees to his forest and misses those not yet returned.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – February 2018

By Robert L. Chakar, Jr., Ed.D., Superintendent On Thursday, January 4th, Mrs. Lauren Green, our secondary Math teacher, took some of our top students to SUNY Oneonta for the Upstate Academic Competition. The students who represented Andes are listed alphabetically: Britney Davila, Peter James DePierro, Leandra Edelson, Jedah Grapes, Alexis Redden, Journey Sulger and Michaela…

FULL MOON IN WINTER – February 2018

FULL MOON IN WINTER - February 2018

Mary is summoned to a walkabout one night in winter and experiences being under a full Wolf Moon.

GARDEN THERAPY: Made in the Shade – Getting Started – February 2018

GARDEN THERAPY:  Made in the Shade – Getting Started  - February 2018

“…a woodland garden has a sense of peace, sofntess and tranquility that is hard to achieve in a sun-drenched, splashier offering.” Learn the main reasons to have a shade garden and how to get started with one.

CHICKENS IN WINTER – February 2018

CHICKENS IN WINTER - February 2018

A lot of strategy and innovation goes into keeping those winter-laid eggs from freezing.

ANDES HEALTHY SnakPaks – February 2018

ANDES HEALTHY SnakPaks - February 2018

Yoshi Conover (with contribution in memory of her late husband, David Conover) partnered with Andes Healthy SnakPaks to make and distribute Chirstmas stockings.