BIDDING PAISLEYS ADIEU–December 2020

BIDDING PAISLEYS ADIEU--December 2020

   There has always been something special about having a storefront shop in Andes, and living above that shop (the world’s shortest commute, I used to declare).

LIBRARY NOTES–December 2020

LIBRARY NOTES--December 2020

   Our other online programs have been doing well. In November, my interview with local author/photojournalist Beatriz Schiller is available to view on our Andes Public Library Facebook Page and by going to the following You Tube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3D6smbnK-c.  (or just search Beatriz Schiller Beyond the Flag). 

   It is an interview that I think any American would be interested in watching, regardless of political affiliation, and it is truly an example of how conversations can be unifying versus divisive.

BOOK REVIEW: Silence of the Grave, Arctic Chill, Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

BOOK REVIEW: Silence of the Grave, Arctic Chill, Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

 Though they might well be, these are not the ponderings of someone too long subjected to the lonely deprivations of the Covid-19 pandemic; they are the thoughts of Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson, returned to his spare apartment after an unbearably long day and a half spent caring for his pregnant, homeless, drug-addicted daughter early in Silence of the Grave.

CHICKADEES — December 2020

CHICKADEES — December 2020

Finally, I notice a chickadee calmly flitting about.
I grab a cup of birdseed, and, while standing by the open door whistle the chickadees calming minor third song.

TOWN BOARDS ACCEPTS WATER DISTRICT WELL PROJECT, PASSES THE BUDGETS FOR 2021 Town of Andes Council Meeting, November 5th, 2020 Via Zoom Meeting — December 2020

   Supervisor’s Report: Bud Gladstone requested through the Blue Wing Services Firm that AT&T and Verizon get mobile service to the Andes cell tower.

LINDA DUNNE EGNER AND JOANNE KOSUDA-WARNER GET DOWN TO WORK AT THE HUNTING TAVERN MUSEUM -December 2020

LINDA DUNNE EGNER AND JOANNE KOSUDA-WARNER GET DOWN TO WORK AT THE HUNTING TAVERN MUSEUM -December 2020

What is the recipe for infusing a long-running, well managed historic society with new energy and expertise? In the case of the Andes Society for History and Culture, it appears that a collaboration between Linda Dunne Egner, recruited to the board 2 years ago, and Joanne Kosuda-Warner, on for the past year, is the ticket.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS December 2020

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS December 2020

   Our students have lost so many opportunities this year, but we were able to provide lots of fun events on Halloween. We would like to thank the Andes branch of Wayne Bank and the Andes Public Library for inviting our littlest ones to visit them during their parade through town

MAIN STREET GETS A FACELIFT – November 2020

MAIN STREET GETS A FACELIFT - November 2020

Top: Willbees was one of the first buildings benefiting from the MARK Project NY Main Street Program.
Above: Wilson’s Bread at 143 Main Street offers spelt, country loaf, morning bun, pain au chocolat, ham & gruyere and Bostock. They advise pre-ordering for Saturdays (for pickup 9 am to noon) starting on Wednesday at 11 am. Come as early as 8:30 for coffee and for non pre-orders. Go to www.wilsons-bread.square.site
The MARK Project sign refers to the Tin Horn Building, one of the buildings benefiting from the program.
Right: The Andes Hotel is now open for lunch and dinner. Open hours include Wednesdays and Fridays 5-9 pm, Saturdays 12-9 pm, and Sundays 12-8

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – November 2020

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS - November 2020

  We would like to welcome new staff members to Andes Central School this year. SEE ARTICLE!

GARDEN THERAPY: ODD ONIONS—PLANTS THAT IS – November 2020

GARDEN THERAPY: ODD ONIONS—PLANTS THAT IS - November 2020

When I say weird plants, I mean plants that have some feature that is so unusual that they stand out enough to draw attention and comment when encountered in the garden, or the wild.

FIELD NOTES: NATURAL WORLD FAIR? – November 2020

FIELD NOTES: NATURAL WORLD FAIR? - November 2020

Is the natural world always fair as we humans define fairness? Here are two examples of where I think it is appearing unfair. You decide.

NEW BOOKS & DVDs

by James Patterson
All the Devils are Here
by Louise Penny
The Book of Longings
by Sue Monk Kidd
The Book of Lost Friends
by Lisa Wingate
Breath – New Science of a Lost Art
by James Nestor
Caste – Origins of our Discontent
by Isabel Wilkerson
Chaos
by Iris Johansen
The Geometry of Holding Hands
by Alexander McCall Smith
The Guest List
by Lucy Foley
Hush
by James Patterson
Intimations
by Zadie Smith
The Lies that Bind
by Emily Giffin
Near Dark
by Brad Thor
The Order
by Daniel Silva
The Pull of the Stars
by Emma Donoghue
Squeeze Me
by Carl Hiaasen
Thick as Thieves
by Sandra Brown
The Tide Between Us
by Olive Collins
To Wake the Giant

LIBRARY NOTES – November 2020

LIBRARY NOTES - November 2020

Donations have surpassed the $10,000 mark and continue to trickle in.  Thank you again to everyone who has been so generous this year and to board member Diane Lockspeiser and everyone who donated a baked goods item to benefit the library.

THE WAY WE WERE – November 2020

THE WAY WE WERE - November 2020

A gang was out Saturday night destroying property under the guise of Hollowe’en [sic]. The gang was not made up of boys but of men, who should know better, and perhaps would if they had not been imbibing too freely.

STROLLING THE TWILIGHT ZONE

STROLLING THE TWILIGHT ZONE

 The late afternoon and autumnal twilight was like hiking through a many faceted jewel the size of a watershed. I was invigorated, but could not embrace, dazzled by the beauty but unable to own it, fulfilled, but unable to capture and retain.

DOG-DAY MORNING

“We just found a little dog in the middle of the Tremperskill Road. She jumped right into our car. Do you know who might belong to her?”

THE BIRTH OF THE POETS QUAD – November 2020

There’s a new poetry venue in Andes and it’s called The Poets Quad. This is the space behind the Hunting Tavern, defined on two sides by the Hunting Tavern itself, and  Walter Gladstone’s building on the third side. The fourth side, is the imaginary “fourth wall” looking toward the bank.

DRAMA AT THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING ON ZOOM – VIA ZOOM – November 2020

Roger Casas purchased the property at 40 Lee Lane, a private road, just behind Two Old Tarts and he will convert the house into three units: two apartments above and one living unit below where he will dwell and will create three parking spaces side by side within his land to accommodate the additional occupancy.

TOWN BOARD APPROVES UNION DENTAL AND VISION PLANS SCHEDULES TRICK OR TREATING SCHEDULES TRICK OR TREATING – November 2020

resolving the issue of the fence surrounding the pool which is not up to current code and will potentially need to be completely replaced. She has requested quotes from several companies but has received none to date.
Trick or Treating will be October 31st from 5-8 pm.
Artie Short submitted his Code enforcer’s report. The Town also approved Snow Plowing and Winter Oil and Fuel Purchases based on the bids received. Town approved all warrants and bills.
Next meeting will be November 5th, at 6 pm, Public Hearing on the 2021 Budgets to precede it at 5:45 pm, both on Zoom. ~

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.

Scenes from the 2018 Community Day Parade

Scenes from the 2018 Community Day Parade

Scenes from the 2018
Community Day Parade