LIBRARY NOTES – July 2021

LIBRARY NOTES - July 2021

  Tales & Tails Writing Contest: (Open May 1st – August 1st) Prizes Available!  Children (ages 5-12) Teens (ages 13-17) and Adult categories. Write an original fairy tale, folk tale, fable, or tall tale featuring an animal as one of the main characters.

THE WAY WE WERE – July 2021

THE WAY WE WERE - July 2021

There will be a Fourth of July celebration in Andes next Monday with the usual sports and ball game between Andes and Delhi. In the evening there will be special movies and a big dance.  [Jim Andrews: Andes routinely celebrated the Fourth in a big way with parades, ball games, community picnics and “the big dance.”]

PROPOSED LAWS REGULATING CAMPSITES AND VACATION RENTALS PROMPT ROBUST PUBLIC RESPONSE-July 2021

   The lengthy comments and responses from the Town Board, Planning Board and CEO are well chronicled in the Minutes of the meeting written by Kimberly Tosi and published June 10, on the Town of Andes website. townofandes.com. Please read them to gauge the tenor of the robust discussion that lasted nearly two hours.

SIXTY YEARS AGO IN ANDES – July 2021

SIXTY YEARS AGO IN ANDES - July 2021

   My father soon became friends with Bob Daily, who owned the Red Gate Pony Farm (which we affectionately renamed the “RG-Puff”). Bob had worked for years with horses, including thoroughbreds at the New York City race tracks, and he was soon giving me jumping lessons at the RG-Puff.  (These were not entirely successful, but I did learn to fall off a horse without severely hurting myself.)

GARDEN THERAPY: NO HEDGING ON THE EDGING -July 2021

GARDEN THERAPY:  NO HEDGING ON THE EDGING -July 2021

A quick word on “shovel jumping.”  Most folks approach edging with the one-foot-on-the-shovel technique followed by the application of a forceful push or maybe even a quick stomp-like motion to force the shovel into the ground, or through the sod in the case of edging.

APPROVAL GRANTED FOR DANA’S PLACE PUB & CATSKILL HARVEST CAFÉ – June 2021

Planning Board approves Dana’s Place Pub and Catskill Harvest Cafe.

GENERATIONS – IT STILL STANDS — June 2021

GENERATIONS – IT STILL STANDS — June 2021

A fire at Richard Liddle’s farm could have been a catastrophe.

STREETSCAPE COMMITTEE SELECTS TOWN CLOCK FOR BOHLMANN PARK- June 2021

Streetscape Committee Selects Town Clock for Bohlman Park

GARDEN THERAPY:  SPRING TREE TREATS AND TRAUMA- JUNE 2021

GARDEN THERAPY:  SPRING TREE TREATS AND TRAUMA- JUNE 2021

The real show in the wild starts when the Amelanchier and various cherries start blooming at the edges of the forest and sides of the hills

FIELD NOTES – JUNE 2021

FIELD NOTES - JUNE 2021

   Another bird which we have taken note of—or he of us—is a really beautiful male Baltimore oriole, and now that Ladybird has taken to her family duties, he has taken to hanging around, but not attacking—just apparently admiring the reflection of himsel

LIBRARY NOTES – JUNE 2021

LIBRARY NOTES - JUNE 2021

Visit article for descriptions of extensive summer programs at the Library.

SPRING CLEANING – JUNE 2021

By Diane Lockspeiser It was wet and chilly on Mothers’ Day, but when the sun came out for a while here I went up the hill to work on the main garden. The early seedlings that I had planted were doing well despite frosts: peas, carrots, bok choy, kale, and mizuna (a mild type of…

100 YEARS AGO – JUNE 2021

100 YEARS AGO - JUNE 2021

The burial of the late Harry Dowie was made Sabbath afternoon in the Dowie cemetery and eulogistic remarks were made by Hon. M. Linn Bruce.  [JA: Harry Dowie was the Andes native who relocated to NYC and managed a large butter distribution business.  His nephew, Alexander Shewsbury Dowie, owned the corner store which was the local butter collection center in the late 1870s and 1880s.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS — June 2021

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS — June 2021

Meet the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of ACS Class of 2021

WHAT’S NEW IN ANDES? HAWK AND HIVE!

WHAT'S NEW IN ANDES? HAWK AND HIVE!

Feeling adventurous? Walk boldly into the Wild Room. Bunches of dried herbs and conical hornet’s nests hang from a rustic rack overhead. The walls bristle with sturdy, well-designed garden tools. In the center of the room, a picnic table is laid with mats, napkins, cutlery, plates, bowls and cups

NEW (USED) RESCUE TRUCK ADDED TO FIRE DEPARTMENT FLEET — April 2021

NEW (USED) RESCUE TRUCK ADDED TO FIRE DEPARTMENT FLEET — April 2021

The Andes Fire Department gets a new truck.

GARDEN THERAPY:  SPIRALING INTO CONTROL — April 2021

GARDEN THERAPY:  SPIRALING INTO CONTROL — April 2021

The work involved in creating a spiral garden, and the beauty of it.

FIELD NOTES: LEAF ME BE — April 2021

FIELD NOTES: LEAF ME BE — April 2021

As always, our Jack expounds on the beauty of being outdoors watching birds and other species.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS — April 2021

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS — April 2021

By Dr. Robert L. Chakar, Jr., Superintendent    We’re excited that it is time to register children for PreK and Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. If your child will turn 4 years old by December 1, they will be eligible for PreK; if they will turn 5 by December 1, they will be eligible…

ANDES SAVES A FAMILY —

ANDES SAVES A FAMILY —

During this Covid pandemic, Peter adjusts to having his daughter’s family (who lives in California) stay with him and how, while having to make adjustments to his and Linda’s routine, he would do it all again with pleasure.

NEW VOICES NEEDED! – April 2021

The Andes Gazette is looking for new writers, especially those that recently moved to Andes.

NEW BOOKS – April 2021

New Books at the Library this month

LIBRARY NOTES – April 2021

A recap of the Library’s Summer Program.

BOOK REVIEW: ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Frederick Backman — April 2021

BOOK REVIEW: ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Frederick Backman  — April 2021

Jane enjoyed reading Anxious People – it made her laugh.

ANDES STREETSCAPE COMMITTEE – April 2021

The formation of the new Andes Streetscape Committee

TOWN WORKS ON CLEAN ENERGY COMMUNITY STATUS AND HONORS TRANSFER WORKERS FOR THEIR SERVICE : Town Board Meeting March 9th, Via Zoom Meeting  – April 2021

town discusses Clean Energy Status

PLANNING BOARD SENDS PROPOSED PERMIT AGREEMENT FOR AIRBNBS TO TOWN BOARD; Discusses Special Use Permits for Catskill Harvest and New Gallery 

Planning Board discusses proposed permits for Airbnbs as well as special use permits.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED – April 2021

A request for volunteers for trash pick up

OUR READERS WRITE – April 2021

Jane Tompkins enjoys our Gazette

MY CHEMISTRY LAB — April 2021

Diane discusses soil testing

THE WAY WE WERE – April 2021

THE WAY WE WERE - April 2021

A tribute to John Burroughs, naturalist of world renown and a native of Roxbury, who died suddenly on March 29

GARDEN THERAPY:  SHORT SHRUBS SHINING STILL –MARCH 2021

GARDEN THERAPY:  SHORT SHRUBS SHINING STILL --MARCH 2021

A while back, the nursery industry and horticulturists recognized the need for more compact shrubs for home landscapes and have been introducing new options ever since. Many have arrived in the last two decades while I have been an active professional and paying attention!

FIELD NOTES: FOND MEMORIES — MARCH 2021

FIELD NOTES: FOND MEMORIES -- MARCH 2021

Take my memorable incidents that occurred back in my surfing days: One was when I was joined by a friendly porpoise when surfing a lonely beach down in Peru, unforgettable and quite fond.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS –MARCH 2021

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS --MARCH 2021

  I would like to congratulate our elementary Students of the Month:  Colton Weaver, Lykah DePierro, Skyler Tosi, Matthew Liddle and Faith Sass.  Keep up all the great work and effort.

COZYING UP TO GEORGE WASHINGTON — MARCH 2021

COZYING UP TO GEORGE WASHINGTON -- MARCH 2021

By Judy Garrison Did you know that George Washington had little schooling and no college? That deficit of formal education bothered him throughout his life but didn’t prevent him from writing beautifully, reading widely and having a highly developed and curious mind. Did you know that his mother, Mary Washington, a life-long complainer and apparently…

LIBRARY NOTES–MARCH 2021

LIBRARY NOTES--MARCH 2021

   Lastly, if anyone needs assistance filling out or printing any forms related to Covid vaccinations or anything else requiring online forms and registrations, printing, faxing, scanning, please call 845-676-3333 or email an.ill@4cls.org any time Monday through Thursday and I will be happy to assist you with these tasks. I am also looking for more volunteers to help at the library—computer skills are a huge plus!

THIS WAS NOT POETRY: A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT–MARCH 2021

THIS WAS NOT POETRY: A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT--MARCH 2021

Wouldn’t it be easier if tow trucks could be approved for both the NYS Thruway restricted zone and the unrestricted zone?! One of the tow guys said there are some towing services which have that approval but that it’s a “NY State thing” and how a service is approved, or not, is a mystery….Agatha!

INQUIRIES FOR BUILDING APPLICATIONS REMAIN ACTIVE AND TOWN WORKS ON CELL COVERAGE: Town Board Meeting February 9th, Via Zoom Meeting  — MARCH 2021

Highway: A follow-up on the request from Highway Superintendent Bouton regarding posting of Main Street for no overnight parking during winter months. The Town Attorney is working on developing the necessary local law to implement this action to assist efficient snow removal.

100 YEAR AGO — MARCH 2021

100 YEAR AGO -- MARCH 2021

Adam Biggar, a highly respected farmer residing in Biggar Hollow in southern Bovina, died early Sabbath morning, February 27, as a result of an attack of measles. [Jim Andrews: Prior to its vaccine, measles was a deadly disease, which notoriously killed children and adults alike.]

OH, DEER — MARCH 2021

OH, DEER -- MARCH 2021

   The other change was that the deer prints started going right up to our bedroom window, where the lower branches of a large arborvitae were soon eaten away. We have never before seen any sign of deer coming anywhere near the house, so I figured it must be slim pickings for food out there this year.

NEW VOICES NEEDED — MARCH 2021

We are seeking out writers for articles (400-800 words)—for future Gazettes by new or relatively new arrivals to Andes. One series might be called “New in Andes.” We’d love to hear your stories on adapting to life here from any angle you choose. Were you surprised/happy to find a community? Did our severe winter weather…

LEO KOENIG:  “ANDES – WHERE I FEEL MOST AT HOME” – February 2021

LEO KOENIG:  “ANDES – WHERE I FEEL MOST AT HOME” - February 2021

For the love of a Porch, Leo Koenig has brought a house back to life.

GARDEN THERAPY: SHORT SHRUB SHINE — February 2021

GARDEN THERAPY: SHORT SHRUB SHINE — February 2021

Mel gives us a lesson on “Shrubs” – mostly the dwarf ones that are easy to maintain.

FIELD NOTES: ON CAMERA – February 2021

FIELD NOTES: ON CAMERA - February 2021

The effort to get the usually shy and suspicious denizens of our forests to show up and pose for a picture can take effort, some knowledge of where they might show up, and of course a full dose of good luck……………..

LIBRARY NOTES – February 2021

LIBRARY NOTES - February 2021

Condolences to friends and family of our departed Marty Donnelly who was a former library trustee; a review of Covid Protocols; and finally during this pandemic, get to know your neighbors in the event the elderly need a helping hand.

BOOK REVIEW: Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald — February 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald — February 2021

Vesper Flights puts together brief meditations on the author’s experiences of nature, meditations that succeed one another like objects on a strange necklace—of stones and shells and claws and bones, planets, dried flowers and things without a name.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – February 2021

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS  - February 2021

School is planning for their 2021-2022 census and gives instructions as to how register your child for the following school year.

MARTIN DONNELLY HONORED FOR HIS PAST SERVICE TO ANDES Town Board Meeting January 4th, 2020 Via Zoom Meeting  – February 2021

MARTIN DONNELLY HONORED FOR HIS PAST SERVICE TO ANDES Town Board Meeting January 4th, 2020 Via Zoom Meeting  - February 2021

At the Town Hall Meeting Marty Donnelly, who passed away, was honored for his services to the community.

WINTER OLYMPICS – February 2021

WINTER OLYMPICS  - February 2021

Diane has figured out how to sweep her hill.

 THE WAY WE WERE – FEBRUARY 2021

 THE WAY WE WERE - FEBRUARY 2021

Milk prices, a plan to harness the Delaware river, rape, prostitutes and other tidbits from 100 years ago.

TURNING 90 – January 2021

Buffy Calvert with a blizzard of birthday cards.

One of our editors turned 90 and how it was celebrated: a plethora of cards, calls, ZOOM, and cake. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUFFY.

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