GARDEN THERAPY: Growing a Designer – October 2022

   After 9 years of writing this column, it becomes harder and harder to come up with inspiring topics that are fun to explore and that might be interesting to you. I have loved sharing my knowledge, opinions and passions, but I am going to be stepping down after this year. This leaves me with 3 more columns to write. I am going to do my best to make them something more meaningful than my prattling on about hydrangeas or geraniums

BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT APPROVED FOR PUBLIC HEARING; HOME BUSINESSES IN HAMLET AND TRANSIENT RENTAL PERMIT COMPLIANCE DISCUSSED – October 2022

The recent Transient Rental permitting regulations adopted by Andes were mentioned and Transient Rental owners were reminded that to continue to operate a Transient Rental they need to fill out and submit the permit application to the Town.

THE ANDES GARDEN CLUB – October 2022

THE ANDES GARDEN CLUB - October 2022

Christina Viafore, and Carla Hegeman Crim, who educated the group about native and invasive plants, with tips and discussion on best practices for our landscapes. We were pleased to welcome 25 people to our first event! 

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – October 2022

We welcomed some new staff members to the ACS family as well.  Olivia Post will be our Guidance Counselor, Krystal Hernandez as our Reading Teacher and Megan McGinnis as our Speech Pathologist.

TOWN BOARD BONDS WATER DISTRICT TO GRANT LOAN OF $2,950,000 FOR TWO NEW WELLS ON NEW CEMETERY ROAD AFTER PUBLIC HEARING – October 2022

Cedarwood pointed out that the old loans would be repaid in a decade or so, easing the burden on the water users. The new loan is expected to raise current yearly fees to Water District households, businesses and non-profits from $490 to $896.

FROM DINGLE HILL: THE BEES – October 2022

FROM DINGLE HILL: THE BEES - October 2022

 Today the mash-up of flowers is humming loudly. Dozens of bees. I see at least three different species of native bees, two of which are bumbles. They drone about thickly, laboriously, and heavy with pollen. Lots of pollen this year, lots of bees.

BOOK REVIEW: The Library Book by Susan Orlean – October 2022

BOOK REVIEW: The Library Book by Susan Orlean - October 2022

      Think you’re not interested libraries? So did I. But as soon as I began to read The Library Book, that changed. It holds one’s interest in a way few books do. The writing is so good the subject is almost irrelevant. The author knows exactly when to leave a topic and broach a new one, how to pique your curiosity about something not even remotely interesting on the surface, and how to hold your attention fast, minute by minute. Everything she touches comes alive.

THE WAY WE WERE – October 2022

THE WAY WE WERE - October 2022

Robert L. Gerry is preparing to erect a horse barn on what is known as the Amos Farm in southern Bovina. The structure will be large enough to hold 30 racing horses. A stone road will also be built to it. It is also rumored that a racing track may be built.

GARDEN NEWS – October 2022

   Speaking of gigantic, the one watermelon that developed from the one plant I had managed to grow, starting inside under lights in April, grew to be 26 pounds! I was unsure and very nervous about when to harvest it. It took some critter raiding our corn for me to realize how upset I’d be if something ate into that one watermelon before I had a chance to taste it.

COMPLETE PDF FILE FOR OCTOBER 2022

10 October 2022 Andes Gazette

LIBRARY NOTES – October 2022

LIBRARY NOTES - October 2022

Halloween at the Andes Public Library – Monday, October 31st

     As always, we welcome all ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, princesses, and pirates, and masked avengers to visit the library on Halloween night.  I think I’m going to be a vampire this year. We technically close at 4 on Mondays, but will probably stay open until all of the candy is gone.  In addition, we are a stop on the Halloween parade route, so if you’d like to get a daytime sneak peek at the costumes worn by Andes Central School students, come to the library about 12:30 pm. 

SEPTEMBER 2022 COMPLETE PDF FILE

Complete September 2022 PDF File

FROM DINGLE HILL: The Owl – September 2022

FROM DINGLE HILL: The Owl - September 2022

Our new contributor, Peg DiBenedetto, recounts her meeting with an owl.

Introducing our New Wildlife Writer, Margaret (Peg) DiBenedetto – September 2022

An introduction to our Wildlife Contributor.

A DAY TO CELEBRATE BILL DAY – September 2022

A DAY TO CELEBRATE BILL DAY - September 2022

Festivities to celebrate Bill Day.

THE WAY WE WERE – September 2022

THE WAY WE WERE - September 2022

A building boom in Andes

TOWN BOARD TO DECIDE ON GRANT AND LOAN REQUESTS for $2,950,000 for HIGH STREET WELLS: HAMLET WATER DISTRICTS FEES WOULD DOUBLE – September 2022

Town Board to decide on loan and grant request for $2,950,000 for High Street Water Wells.

TOWN CLOCK – September 2022

TOWN CLOCK - September 2022

As part of Andes Beautification Project – the Town now has a Clock located at Bohlmann Park.

IDA ADDRESSES QUESTIONS RAISED AT PUBLIC HEARING; BOARD APPROVES GREENHOUSE – September 2022

Town Board Approved Greenhouse at Catskill Harvest

ANDES COMMUNITY DAY – September 2022

ANDES COMMUNITY DAY - September 2022

Various photos of Andes Community Day – August 2022

LIBRARY NOTES – September 2022

LIBRARY NOTES - September 2022

A recap of the Library’s Summer Program as well as additional happenings in the future.

BOOK REVIEW: The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell – September 2022

BOOK REVIEW: The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell - September 2022

When her husband asked Helen Russell if she’d like to move to Denmark for a year—he’d been offered his dream job there by LEGO—she wasn’t sure.

LIBRARY NOTES – August 2022

LIBRARY NOTES - August 2022

Complete schedule of summer events at the Andes Public Library

GARDEN THERAPY: The Big Picture: “Harvesting low-hanging Metaphorical Fruit“ – August 2022

GARDEN THERAPY: The Big Picture: “Harvesting low-hanging Metaphorical Fruit“ - August 2022

When I walk onto a new property, the first thing I do, without even thinking about it, is to take in the big picture.

THE WAY WE WERE – August 2022

THE WAY WE WERE - August 2022

Various news from 100 years ago

TOWN RESIDENTS RAISE QUESTIONS REGARDING PROPOSED GAS STATION Kimberly Tosi, Town Clerk, submits resignation, will move to Florida Pool Re-activated June 20th and Community Day is Sat. Aug. 13, 2022 – August 2022

TOWN RESIDENTS RAISE QUESTIONS REGARDING PROPOSED GAS STATION  Kimberly Tosi, Town Clerk, submits resignation, will move to Florida Pool Re-activated June 20th and Community Day is Sat. Aug. 13, 2022 - August 2022

Town Clerk submits resignation; Questions regarding proposed Gas Station.

AN EXCERPT from “SUMMER CAMPS” – August 2022

A history of Summer Camps

BOOK REVIEW: THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan; SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel – August 2022

BOOK REVIEW: THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan; SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel - August 2022

Jane reviews two books “The Candy House and by Jennifer Egan and Sea of Tranquility by Emil St. John Mandel”

COMPLETE PDF FILE FOR AUGUST 2022

August 2022 PDF

SUMMER FUN AT THE ANDES LIBRARY

SUMMER FUN AT THE ANDES LIBRARY

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7 July 2022 Andes Gazette

ANDES CELEBRATIONS – July 2022

ANDES CELEBRATIONS - July 2022

Some photos of Memorial Day Parade and Wedding of Russell and Cassandra Spatafora

LIBRARY NOTES – July 2022

LIBRARY NOTES - July 2022

A listing of various Library happening, as well as a poem by James O’Connor “True Pat-riot-ism” and an announcement of a new Board of Trusee Member.

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS – July 2022

Two book recommendations – one from Jeffrey Ditchek and the other from Judy Garrison

THE WAY WE WERE – July 2022

THE WAY WE WERE - July 2022

A house destroyed by fire; Six Thousand dollars of registered Liberty bonds stolen from the Andes bank on May 16, 1921 and other interesting happenings.

POOL SET TO REOPEN IN JULY – July 2022

Town Board Meeting with various departmental reports.

BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT ON FELTON ROAD APPROVED; PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON POTENTIAL CATSKILL HARVEST GREENHOUSE – July 2022

Boundary Line application on Felton Rd., application for new construction of a year-round Carbon Neutral Greenhouse on the Catskill Harvest property on Rt. 28, and other issues.

GARDEN THERAPY: BIG PLANTS — BIG LEAVES – July 2022

GARDEN THERAPY: BIG PLANTS — BIG LEAVES  - July 2022

Mel discusses “Big Leaves” plants.

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS – July 2022

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS - July 2022

Come visit the Hunting Tavern Museum and learn about Andes stagecoach lines, view local maps and other interesting information.

COMPLETE PDF FILE FOR JUNE 2022

PDF File for June 2022

LIVE-WIRE STUDENTS CREATE A LIVING FENCE – June 2022

LIVE-WIRE STUDENTS CREATE A LIVING FENCE - June 2022

By Buffy Calvert A living fence now surrounds the outdoor garden plots on Andes Central School grounds. For two weeks Ed McGee’s 7th and 8th grade science students and Sharon Tucker’s elementary art class have been hard at work removing sod and digging a trench 18 inches deep, extending the arc of the arbor previous…

OUR ANDES – June 2022

OUR ANDES - June 2022

Newly arrived Andes residents talk about our lovely hamlet.

GARDEN THERAPY: Perdy Persicarias – Fleeceflowers – June 2022

GARDEN THERAPY: Perdy Persicarias  - Fleeceflowers - June 2022

This article by Mel is all about “Fleeceblowers – or Persicarias”

BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT ON BUSSEY HOLLOW ROAD APPROVED; POTENTIAL CATSKILL HARVEST CARBON-NEUTRAL GREENHOUSE SENT TO PUBLIC HEARING – June 2022

Town of Andes Planning Board Meeting

PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON PROPOSED TRANSIENT RENTALS LAW; POTENTIAL TOWN GAS STATION SITES STILL LOOK PROMISING – June 2022

Town of Andes Board Meeting

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS – June 2022

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS - June 2022

A new roof being installed at the Hunting Tavern.

DEP POLICE GIVES HELICOPTER ORIENTATION TO ANDES FIRE DEPARTMENT – June 2022

DEP POLICE GIVES HELICOPTER ORIENTATION TO ANDES  FIRE DEPARTMENT - June 2022

The DEP Police showed their newest helicopter with its state-of-the-art technology to the Andes Fire Department and discuss ways the two organizations can work together in a state of emergency.

OUR ACS GRADUATES – June 2022

OUR ACS GRADUATES - June 2022

2022 Andes Graduates

THE WAY WE WERE – June 2022

THE WAY WE WERE - June 2022

“Was the Jury Hypnotized” is jus a wonderful read.

LIBRARY NOTES – June 2022

LIBRARY NOTES - June 2022

By Pamela West-Finkle Summer is here! Yay! We made it through another Catskill Mountain winter.  I’ve heard that phrase and said it to myself every year. I am happy to announce we have an action-packed Summer! In celebration of our Summer Reading Program “Oceans of Possibilities” and the 100th Anniversary of our library, I plan…

New Books – June 2022

New Books at the Library

BOOK REVIEW: Briefly noted – Earthly Remains by Donna Leon – June 2022

BOOK REVIEW: Briefly noted – Earthly Remains by Donna Leon - June 2022

As the New York Times critic Marilyn Stasio has said: “Donna Leon can do no wrong . . .  [Earthly Remains] is one of her best.”

RESCHEDULED LITTER PICKUP: JUNE 8TH AND JUNE 11TH – June 2022

Andes Litter Pick-up Rescheduled

THE WAY WE WERE – May 2022

THE WAY WE WERE - May 2022

How many of the older inhabitants remember the winter of 1873-4??? Read all about it.

OLD TOWN HIGHWAY GARAGE IS OFFERED FOR SALE VIA SEALED BIDS Audit shows $124,000 Increase in Town General Fund – March 2022

OLD TOWN HIGHWAY GARAGE IS OFFERED FOR SALE VIA SEALED BIDS Audit shows $124,000 Increase in Town General Fund - March 2022

Hamlet sidewalks, streetlamps, frozen water lines, mechanical issue at transfer station, and much more.

THE WAY WE WERE – March 2022

THE WAY WE WERE - March 2022

Town clerk issues a marriage license but left without tying the know – and other mini stories.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – March 2022

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS - March 2022

The third quarter began on January 31st.  I am pleased to report that nearly 75% of our 5-12 students were named to the Superintendent’s List, High Honor, or Honor Roll for the second quarter.

NEW BOOKS & DVD’S – March 2022

NEW BOOKS & DVD'S - March 2022

New books & DVD’s

LIBRARY NOTES – March 2022

Pam

Updated information on Library Cards and all that is new in the Library.

GARDEN THERAPY: The Sullied but Super Sumac – March 2022

GARDEN THERAPY:   The Sullied but Super Sumac - March 2022

Mel falls in love with the Staghorn Sumac.

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