“ENJOYED ALMOST EVERY MINUTE OF IT!” BOUTON DECLARES – February 2019

“ENJOYED ALMOST EVERY MINUTE OF IT!” BOUTON DECLARES - February 2019

John Bouton, Highway Superintendent gave a report on his 1st year in office.

A CUT ABOVE: AWARD WINNING BUTCHER, ANDERSEN MORSE, NOW IN ANDES – February 2019

A CUT ABOVE: AWARD WINNING BUTCHER, ANDERSEN MORSE, NOW IN ANDES - February 2019

Andes has a new butcher.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS — February 2019

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS — February 2019

The Capital Project, which was approved by the voters in Sept. has now received approval from NYSED and will be going out to bid.

ANDES HEALTHY SNAKPAKS – February 2019

ANDES HEALTHY SNAKPAKS - February 2019

  As the SnakPak program resumes after the Christmas break, we want to acknowledge and appreciate our partners in this program.  Without their support, there would be no SnakPaks. The Andes Presbyterian Church donated materials and contents for the annual Christmas Stockings.  The colorful stockings were decorated and filled by a group of merry elves…

FIELD NOTES: SIGHTINGS AND PERUSINGS — February 2019

FIELD NOTES:  SIGHTINGS AND PERUSINGS — February 2019

From the kitchen window with coffee in hand, enjoying housebound comfort, I have observed some interesting winter wildlife interactions. With the flock of eleven turkey regulars………………………

LIBRARY NOTES – February 2019

LIBRARY NOTES - February 2019

Two of the library;s long-time, dedicated, board of trustees retire.

GARDEN THERAPY: LIVING ON THE EDGE — February 2019

GARDEN THERAPY:  LIVING ON THE EDGE — February 2019

Mel goes to some landscape conferences and explains to us all about “ecotone” which is a transitional area between two ecosystems.

THOUGHTS ON A LIBRARY BOOK  BY SUSAN ORLEANS — February 2019

THOUGHTS ON A LIBRARY BOOK  BY SUSAN ORLEANS — February 2019

Our Library Director, Pam, so loved this book that she has affixed a signed sticky note by the frontispiece with the message: “If you love libraries I highly recommend this book!”

BOOK REVIEW – LOVE AND FATIGUE IN AMERICA BY ROGER KING — February 2019

BOOK REVIEW - LOVE AND FATIGUE IN AMERICA BY ROGER KING — February 2019

Love and Fatigue in America is a story of how a British man (the author) comes to teach in the US and develops ME/cfs (Chronic fatigue syndrome)…. He shares his knowledge of coping with his readers.

FALLING IN LOVE WITH ANDES — February 2019

FALLING IN LOVE WITH ANDES — February 2019

Kari gives us a tour of wonderful Andes.

CELEBRATE THE SNOW! – February 2019

By Buffy Calvert Snow, far from masking the world, defines it. Each sweep and curve of earth is outlined against the sky. The pitch of the hillside gleams through the bare woods, Unseen hollows catch shadows, low knolls shine in the sun. Snow-rimed twigs and garlanded firs, silhouetted against the white slab, Reveal the very…

RULING THE ROOST – JANUARY 2019

RULING THE ROOST - JANUARY 2019

By Diane Lockspeiser One of my chickens has the annoying habit of sitting on top of the feed can and, of course, then pooping on the lid. As I was grumbling one day about having to clean off the lid yet again, and that I’ve never had chickens do that before, I suddenly realized that…

LIBRARY NOTES – JANUARY 2019

LIBRARY NOTES - JANUARY 2019

By Pamela West-Finkle I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! A big thank you to Kari Haugeto for rescuing a box of decorations at the transfer station and decorating the library, to Gloria for donating an adorable Christmas tree she won in a raffle, and to Judy Garrison for donating some additional lights. The library…

GARDEN THERAPY: ARRIVALS – HAPPY 2019 – January 2019

GARDEN THERAPY: ARRIVALS – HAPPY 2019 - January 2019

Mel’s trip to Japan has him focused on front doors, facades and gates.

FIELD NOTES: ANTHROPOMORPHIZING OUR WILD CRITTERS – January 2019

FIELD NOTES: ANTHROPOMORPHIZING OUR WILD CRITTERS - January 2019

By Jack McShane First Happy New Year to all my Homo sapien friends, and of course to all the wild critters out there. May you make it through the Winter struggle to enjoy the eventual warming of Spring. Calling a local coyote “Wiley Coyote” is my act of anthropomorphizing or giving him the human attribute…

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – JANUARY 2019

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS - JANUARY 2019

By Robert L. Chakar, Jr., Ed.D On Friday, December 7th we hosted our Annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner. Many Andes residents over the age of 55 joined us for a wonderful turkey dinner prepared by Mrs. Laurie Day and her cafeteria staff, Ms. Julie Nelson and Ms. Angela Davila-Maxwell. Mrs. Kathy Whittaker organized students to…

“HUGGING THE STOVE” IN ANDES – JANUARY 2019

“HUGGING THE STOVE” IN ANDES - JANUARY 2019

By Jim Andrews When I came home from work tonight and opened the kitchen door, I heard the oil burner running in the cellar and felt the warmth that it produced from my 90-year-old radiators. A glance at the thermometer on the back porch verified that it was cold. 10 degrees cold! As much as…

JUST PHYLLISOPHY: A SIMPLER LIFE – January 2019

JUST PHYLLISOPHY: A SIMPLER LIFE - January 2019

By Phyllis Galowitz I must admit, the world has forged ahead and I’m stuck in days long gone. Computers, smart phones, GPSs, driverless cars, self-propelled vacuum cleaners, etc., all to make life easier—but is it? I’m old enough to remember when there was only one telephone service, Bell Telephone. If there was a problem with…

EARLY HOLIDAY PRESENT FOR ANDES – December 2018

EARLY HOLIDAY PRESENT FOR ANDES - December 2018

If you want pizza, the AGS is the place to go.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – December 2018

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS - December 2018

On Wednesday, November 14th, Andes Central School took a school-wide field trip to NYC to see the Broadway show, Frozen. This trip was made possible, in part, by our Arts in Education funding. We also received a grant from the O’Connor Foundation to help with the cost of the trip.

LIBRARY NOTES – December 2018

LIBRARY NOTES - December 2018

The 2nd and 3rd graders at Andes Central School enjoyed the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane so much that on the day we finished reading the book together, I brought each of them their very own copy to take home.

BOOK REVIEW: I’ll Think It, You Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld — December 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  I’ll Think It, You Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld — December 2018

The plots keep you turning the pages, always wanting more, in the manner of high-level genre fiction by writers like John Grisham and Michael Connelly. When I re-read them, the stories were just as good the second time around. So why don’t I like them better?

ALL COOPED UP – December 2018

ALL COOPED UP - December 2018

The chickens today are wandering in the yard, searching for treats that, this time of year, are few and far between. They probably don’t realize that tonight their freedom will end for quite some time, some of them for the rest of their very short lives.

GARDEN THERAPY: Jaw Dropping Japan – December 2018

GARDEN THERAPY:   Jaw Dropping Japan - December 2018

Natural stone and mossy rocks are a mainstay of the Kyoto garden. They are everywhere, and I always say “you can never have too many rocks.” I love the way they use stone.

The Way We Were – December 2018

The Way We Were - December 2018

Smith V. Dickman of U.S.S. Leviathan is spending a ten days furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Dickman, on Dingle Hill. He has just returned from his tenth trip abroad.

Liddle Family Reunion – Part 2 – at Woody’s – November 2018

Liddle Family Reunion – Part 2 – at Woody’s - November 2018

RETIREMENT FOR JEFFREY DITCHEK MEANS GETTING A RETREAD – November 2018

RETIREMENT FOR JEFFREY DITCHEK MEANS GETTING A RETREAD - November 2018

So, I want to salute Jeff for his enlivening presence in our community (remember the tractor dance, his concept choreographed by David Capps for Dancing in the Park?), and for the reminder his example gives us that we make our own opportunities for building a useful, enjoyable and full life–maybe especially in retirement.

ANDES HEALTHY SNAKPAKS – November 2018

ANDES HEALTHY SNAKPAKS - November 2018

Each year we have a special celebration of distributing Christmas stockings full of extra special snacks, and gifts such as soft toys and pencils. We invite our readers and supporters to contribute to this event. Checks may be made out to Andes Healthy SnakPaks and sent to the above address or given to one of the volunteers.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – November 2018

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS - November 2018

Congratulations to Andes musicians Emily Andersen, James Camuti, Britney Davila, and Leandra Edelson on being selected to attend the Hartwick Honor Band on October 20th.

HEY, HAY… OOPS – November 2018

HEY, HAY… OOPS - November 2018

As the busy gardening season winds down, I am feeling almost as tired and faded as my older chickens are looking.

JUST PHYLLISOPHY: SNAKES and FIDDLERS – November 2018

JUST PHYLLISOPHY: SNAKES and FIDDLERS - November 2018

… I was watching “Law and Order” on TV, when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Lili pouncing and throwing what looked like a 12-inch-long electric wire, A SNAKE!

LIBRARY NOTES – November 2018

LIBRARY NOTES - November 2018

In case you missed Jane Tompkin’s book talk on September 26th, we have a copy of her book Reading Through the Night on hand in our local author bookcase across from the circulation desk.

: ADIRONDACKS / CATSKILLS – November 2018

:  ADIRONDACKS / CATSKILLS - November 2018

“The cams had not been checked for three weeks and displayed many critters including a family of coyotes, a nice 8 point buck not seen before, a medium- sized bear, a bobcat, a raccoon, wild turkeys, a lot of mice and an out-of-its-usual-habitat cottontail rabbit checking out our porch.”

APPROVALS ABOUND! – November 2018

John Mollott of the Hasbeens & Willbees former Cantina building on the corner of Main Street and Delaware Avenue asked for a Special Use permit to hold auctions, cultural events and performances in the first and second floors. …The Board granted the permit.

GARDEN THERAPY: SAVORING SOME FINE VINE – November 2018

GARDEN THERAPY:   SAVORING SOME FINE VINE - November 2018

“Need to cover a large area like an arbor or pergola quickly and densely? Consider grapes.” This is an example of knowledgeable and useful advice the amateur gardener will glean from reading Mel’s column.

MUSINGS ON TENNIS – November 2018

MUSINGS ON TENNIS - November 2018

Gino plays tennis on Andes’ courts, enjoys it, but realizes he doesn’t play like his 25-year-old self did.

WANT TO KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING? GET ON THE LIST! – November 2018

The Town Board will be meeting on second Tuesdays at 6 pm instead of 7 in the Winter months of December, January and February.

Scenes from the 2018 Community Day Parade

Scenes from the 2018 Community Day Parade

Scenes from the 2018
Community Day Parade