Complete PDF file for January 2023

1 January 2023 Andes Gazette

ANDES CELEBRATES – January 2023

ANDES CELEBRATES - January 2023

Various photos taken during December as Andes Celebrates Tree Lighting, and Soup Night at the Hunting Tavern.

FROM DINGLE HILL: For The Birds – January 2023

FROM DINGLE HILL: For The Birds - January 2023

Peg tells us how to keep birds from banging on windows.

ERMINE – January 2023

ERMINE - January 2023

On a memorial hike for Jack McShane, Ann spots an ermine.

MARK PROJECT DESCRIBES GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR LARGE  TOWN 2023 BUDGET WAS APPROVED, BELOW 2% TAX CAP – January 2022

Town 2023 Budget was approved. The tax increase will be 1.90% which is below the 2% tax cap.

TAB CONSTRUCTION PRESENTS PLAN FOR OLD TOWN GARAGE JOHN REYNOLDS TO RETIRE FROM PLANNING BOARD – January 2023

 Travis Balcom presented his application for remodeling of the Old Town Garage on Route 28 just outside the Hamlet. John Reynolds retiring from the Planning Board.

BOOK REVIEW: The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson – January 2023

A work of tremendous scope and ambition, this novel dares to imagine what it would take to protect the entire world from environmental collapse.

Holiday Sing-a-Long – January 2023

Holiday Sing-a-Long - January 2023

On Tuesday evening, December 13th, 52 ACS students from Pre-K to 8th grade, ably introduced by a contingent from the High School, brought the holiday spirit alive.

LIBRARY NOTES – January 2023

LIBRARY NOTES - January 2023

A recap of all that happened in 2022 and a preview of what is to come in 2023

THE WAY WE WERE – January 2023

Mt Marcy becomes the property of the state by deed – the state now owns 40 of the 42 highest mountains.

THE CHANGE OF SEEDS – January 2023

THE CHANGE OF SEEDS - January 2023

Diane gets ready to order her seeds for Spring planting.

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS – January 2023

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS - January 2023

Soup and Bread night was hosted on December 3rd.

GARDEN THERAPY: My Parting Wisdom (or at least opinions:)

GARDEN THERAPY: My Parting Wisdom (or at least opinions:)

After nine years of writing this column, it is seriously hard to know what to write for a final offering. I don’t want to be pithy, mushy or too matter-of-fact.
The truth is that it has been great fun and such a learning experience to write for the Andes Gazette.

ANDES ALSO ROCKS – December 2022

As of November 11th Winter touched Andes. I started only the third fire of the season, which coincided with my bringing in a couple of heads of cabbage, plus using the last of my summer tomatoes— impressed that 95% of the 100+ green cherry tomatoes I had picked ripened on the windowsill.

BOOK REVIEW: LUCY BY THE SEA by Elizabeth Strout – December 2022

BOOK REVIEW: LUCY BY THE SEA by Elizabeth Strout - December 2022

    In Lucy by the Sea, the sequel to Oh, William (reviewed here last year), Strout has once again adopted a plain, down-to-earth manner. The speaker sounds neither highly educated nor very articulate, but comes across as an ordinary person with no claim to being special. If anything, the tone is more flat-footed than ever. But the enterprise is not pedestrian.

 ME AND MY CARS – December 2022

My recent cars, seemingly good purchases at the time, became fraught with problems, including those anxiety-inducing dashboard warnings that persist despite reassurances from mechanics that they portend nothing.

LIBRARY NOTES – December 2022

LIBRARY NOTES - December 2022

    It has come to our attention that people who signed up for a digital library card over the pandemic via www.4cls.org will need to make sure they have picked up their physical card, which is a different barcode number.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – December 2022

   Our students have lost so many opportunities over the last couple of years, 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. 

CATSKILLS CHARACTERS – December 2022

CATSKILLS CHARACTERS - December 2022

   The mural in the library is coming along “slowly but slowly,” as my husband would say. It’s the Catskills, after all. No “New York minute” around here! Rip Van Winkle is just waking up in the scene after sleeping 20 years. Hopefully I won’t take that long!

TODAY IN LOCAL HISTORY – December 2022

TODAY IN LOCAL  HISTORY - December 2022

1st printed in the Catskill Mountain News of November 9, 1923 and reprinted in the Delaware Republican Newspaper

November 17, 1923 – Ku Klux Klan active on Election Night!

DANCING IN ANDES – December 2022

DANCING IN ANDES - December 2022

The Andes Dance Collective, led by dancer/choreographers Gloria McLean and Columbine Macher, and composer/musician Marshall Coid, once again brought new dance and music to our area, producing two weekend workshops and two very special performances.

REMEMBERING JACK McSHANE – December 2022

REMEMBERING JACK McSHANE - December 2022

   Jack first came to the Catskills region in 1973, when he and his wife Nancy bought 10 acres near Hancock, where Jack and his son Kris enjoyed fishing together. Seeking more solitude and pristine space, in the preserved watershed lands, they bought their property in Andes, which eventually numbered over 300 acres.

BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT ON CROSS MOUNTAIN ROAD FALL CLOVEAD BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT DECLINED AT PRESENT – December 2022

Howard Kipnes has 254 acres on Fall Clove Road he would like to divide into 5 parcels as a Major Subdivision request. Incidentally, a portion of his property crosses the Andes Town line into Delhi and a portion adjoins one edge of Hamden.

BALLANTINE PARK FUNDRAISER NETS $1,000 – December 2022

BALLANTINE PARK FUNDRAISER NETS $1,000 - December 2022

Above is a check from a successful fundraiser which Carol Ames organized for Ballantine Park (pictured on the right). Catskill Creative, an art and design company owned and operated by Peter Ames, donated $5 to a pool of money every time a “post” he designed was shared on social media.

Complete November PDF File – November 2022

11 November 2022 Andes Gazette

DANA’S PLACE: “MY HAPPY PLACE” – November 2022

DANA’S  PLACE: “MY HAPPY PLACE” - November 2022

A new eatery in Andes “Dana’s Place”

GARDEN THERAPY: Continuing to Grow – November 2022

GARDEN THERAPY: Continuing to Grow - November 2022

Mel talks about the benefits of having or renting a backhoe for heavy landscaping projects.

GUEST WiFi SERVICE PROVIDED IN ANDES BY DIRTY GIRL APPLICATION FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE INPROVEMENT GRANT SUBMITTED MARK PROJECT IS SEEKING INPUT FROM TOWN PEOPLE ON WORTHY PROJECTS – November 2022

Possible Guest Wi-Fi at Dirty Girl Farm etc.

 THE WAY WE WERE – November 2022

 THE WAY WE WERE - November 2022

The Delaware & Northern railroad is advertising a hearing at Albany on November 13, to show cause why the Andes branch of the said railroad should not be discontinued. – William Henry Fritts ends his life by hanging.

IS YOUR ADDRESS CLEARLY VISIBLE TO FIRST RESPONDERS? – November 2022

IS YOUR ADDRESS CLEARLY VISIBLE TO FIRST RESPONDERS? - November 2022

A Reminder from our First Responders – important.

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS – November 2022

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS - November 2022

A recap of all that was accomplished during the year at The Hunting Tavern.

BRIEF BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WHAT TO READ – November 2022

Short recommendations on various books.

WHAT’S IN OUR ANDES FIELD OR FOREST – November 2022

WHAT’S IN OUR ANDES FIELD OR FOREST - November 2022

Diane is painting a mural in our bathroom.

IN THE MOMENT – November 2022

Michael enjoying Autumn.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – November 2022

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS - November 2022

School Open house was held.

FROM DINGLE HILL: ON FLYING SOUTH – November 2022

FROM DINGLE HILL: ON FLYING SOUTH - November 2022

Peg discusses bird migration and lovingly remembers Jack McShane.

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