June 2024 ANDES GAZETTE

6 JUNE 2024 Andes Gazette

ANDES FIRST MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINE – 100 YEARS OLD! June 2024

ANDES FIRST MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINE  - 100 YEARS OLD!  June 2024

So in 1924, the Andes Fire Department purchased a Day-Elder truck with a fire engine body built by the Childs-Foamite company.  This truck had a 500-gallon-per-minute rotary gear pump, and, researching old records, is believed to have had a chemical tank on board also. 

WE’RE 25! SOME OF THE ORIGINALS CONVERSE — June 2024

WE’RE 25! SOME OF THE ORIGINALS CONVERSE -- June 2024

Doris Hartung:     “The Andes Gazette is an outgrowth of the Community Empowerment Initiative sponsored by the Catskill Center for Conservation & Development,” as Bill Piervincenzi described it in the First Edition of the Gazette.  During these meetings it became Bill’s vision to have an Andes local paper.

LEO KOENIG’S PRELIMINARY PLAN TO OPEN 11 DELAWARE AVE. GALLERIES AND CAFÉ/PIZZA THREE RETIREES OF THE PLANNING BOARD HONORED FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE — June 2024

LEO KOENIG’S PRELIMINARY PLAN TO OPEN 11 DELAWARE AVE. GALLERIES AND CAFÉ/PIZZA THREE RETIREES OF THE PLANNING BOARD HONORED FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE -- June 2024

   Before the meeting, retired Planning Board members John Reynolds, Art Reed, and Jim Darling were honored for their years of service.

VARIANCE TO REPLACE EXISTING SHED — June 2024

    Louis Russo has property on Blackberry Lane, Andes, in the Barkaboom near the Big Pond Trailhead. He wants to put up a barn-like structure and wishes to be 55 feet closer to the property boundary. No disapproval from neighbors. The variance passed with no objections following a Public Hearing.

THE RELUCTANT GARDENER — June 2024

THE RELUCTANT GARDENER -- June 2024

It’s Mother’s Day and I just finished one of my favorite gardening activities—burning the brush! The Winter season’s sticks and twigs were hogging my precious gorilla cart, the air had an Autumn chill, and the winds were quiet. It was a perfect day to light my fire pit.

POTENTIAL ANDES CELL TOWER NEAR PURCHASE AGREEMENT VALIANT VOLUNTEERS WHO CLEANED ANDES HIGHWAY HONORED — June 2024

A moment of Silence was held for the late Joe Sicinski before the meeting started. Joe was remembered for his character, his work, and his dedication to the Andes Food Bank.  

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS — June 2024

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS -- June 2024

   Our 4th and 5th graders will be taking a field trip early this month to attend “History Happening” through the Delaware County Historical Society. It will be interactive, hands-on, and teach about our county’s history in an upclose and personal way.

REMEMBERING JOE — June 2024

My friend Joe Sicinski had a fondness for impersonating other people—sometimes imaginary people, sometimes real—catching accents and voice characteristics with great skill.

100 YEARS AGO –June 2024

100 YEARS AGO --June 2024

Twelve new buildings have been added to the summer colony of the Tunis Lake Camp company at Tunis Lake this spring, making about 25 in all.

GAME NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY — June 2024

   The Andes Public Library will be hosting Game Night starting Friday, June 7 from 6 pm to 8 pm, and continuing every Friday night as long as people attend.

LIBRARY NOTES — June 2024

LIBRARY NOTES -- June 2024

   On Saturday, May 4th, an industrious team of diggers and planters showed up to help us plant the vast majority of the edible landscape.  Harvey Morse helped greatly by arriving with his excavator to dig the holes for the trees and larger bushes.

MARY OVERLY DAVIS PUBLISHES ODYSSEUS AND ME–June 2024

MARY OVERLY DAVIS PUBLISHES ODYSSEUS AND ME--June 2024

   To her surprise she didn’t find that anyone else had used Homer’s poem as a structure for a memoir. Mary had a story to tell: the trauma of her husband Jerry’s long struggle with cancer and her own journey after his death to raise her daughter Sally and regain her own independence.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR–June 2024

    “Love is in the air”. A few days ago Swallows were doing it. . . I’m not a voyeur— this is science. Tonight the Purple Finches were deep in courtship.

HUNTING TAVERN IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON–June 2024

HUNTING TAVERN IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON--June 2024

   The local history museum in town is open: Saturdays from 11 – 4 pm and some Sunday afternoons for special events and talks. 

  Views of Andes from 1900 to 1930 are on display in our main gallery in the “Andes Real Photo Postcard Show” which has been held over from last Summer.

DONE–June 2024

DONE--June 2024

   I have officially finished the second mural in the Andes Public Library. It is in the children’s section, the first being in the bathroom. Both walls needed decorating of some sort, but had issues to overcome. Since this was something I had done professionally for 20 years, I decided to make it one of my contributions to this lovely little town that has become my home.

COMPLETE PDF FILE FOR MAY 2024

May 2024 PDF File

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ANDES TOWN BOARD MEETING: PLEA FOR TRAFFIC CONTROLS IN HAMLET POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM SHORT-TERM RENTAL OWNER – May 2024

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ANDES TOWN BOARD MEETING: PLEA FOR TRAFFIC CONTROLS IN HAMLET POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM SHORT-TERM RENTAL OWNER - May 2024

Various highlights from the Town Board Meeting

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – May 2024

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS - May 2024

Update on what is going on at the Andes Central School

ROLLING THUNDER – May 2024

Michael experiences “Rolling Thundeer”

THE GOOD BOWL AT BAKERS GRIMM – May 2024

THE GOOD BOWL AT BAKERS GRIMM - May 2024

A new eatery opens in Delhi.

THE RELUCTANT GARDENER – May 2024

THE RELUCTANT GARDENER - May 2024

The weather forecast for this April week is biblical—floods, winds, snow, sun and seventy degrees, then cold and rainy again.

MANSION UPDATE – May 2024

Meeting regarding the Mansion

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT – May 2024

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT - May 2024

 As most people know, roosters crow at dawn. Other birds also sing at dawn and I have come to believe that they are mostly declaring their territories……………………….

COLORATION – May 2024

COLORATION - May 2024

Cardinal coloration explanation

BOOK REVIEW: HOMER AND HIS ILIAD By Robin Lane Fox – ay 2024

A very detailed review of Homer’s Iliad

THE WAY WE WERE – May 2024

The APL has received an $85 grant; May 11 is go to church day; Teachers’ training classes at the State School of Agriculture at Delhi, and other interesting reads.

LIBRARY NOTES – May 2024

LIBRARY NOTES - May 2024

Edible Landscape Update, Solar Eclipse Follow Up and Library accomplishments during Pam’s tenure.

NEW BOOKS & DVD – May 2024

New Books at the Library

COMPLETE APRIL 2024 PDF GAZETTE

PDF file – Andes Gazette, April 2024

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – April 2024

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS - April 2024

Andes students are back from Winter break and ready to Spring into Spring! That was the theme of our recent Spirit Meet at Andes Central School!

LITTER PICK-UP REMINDER – April 2024

LITTER PICK-UP REMINDER - April 2024

Ann reminds us about the litter pickup in town.

CAFÉ MUTSI SUPPORTED FOR LIQUOR LICENSE BOARD PASSES VARIANCE TO ALLOW POTENTIAL CELL TOWER – April 2024

Café Mutsi received support from the Town Board for a liquor license, the Board also passed a variance to allow potential cell tower.

THE RELUCTANT GARDENER – April 2024

Mary’ ponders her garden and the work that needs to be done.

THREE AMIGOS – April 2024

THREE AMIGOS - April 2024

Diane’s “Three Amigos” a rooster, and a chicken which have become attached to her husband.

HE PROGRAM: CONS, CULTS & KIDNAPPING AND A PERSONAL MEMORY – April 2024

HE PROGRAM: CONS, CULTS & KIDNAPPING AND A PERSONAL MEMORY - April 2024

Judy has a fascination with cults – Also she reviewed the series “The Program”.

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS – April 2024

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS - April 2024

Repairs are being conducted to the Historic Firehall Building.

DO YOUR PART! KEEP IT CLEAN! – April 2024

DO YOUR PART! KEEP IT CLEAN! - April 2024

Neil Muccio’s take on keeping Ades “Clean” not only during Earth Day.

BOOK REVIEW – April 2024

BOOK REVIEW - April 2024

The life of Amelia Earhart

THE WAY WE WERE – April 2024

THE WAY WE WERE - April 2024

April seems to have dumped several feet of snow ; there seems to be a shortage of housing……….

LIBRARY NOTES – April 2024

LIBRARY NOTES - April 2024

Solar eclipse information, Edible Landscape meeting and Latin Dance Party Announcement.

VOLUNTEER WANTED – April 2024

The Andes Gazette is looking for a volunteer to perform bookkeeping duties.

A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – aPRIL 2024

Announcement regarding upcoming Primary Election

NEW BOOKS & DVD- April 2024

New books this month at the Library

ANOTHER SPRING, ANOTHER LITTER PICK-UP – March 2024

Andes Litter Pickup Days 2024 will be Wednesday April 17th with a rain date of the 24th and Saturday, April 20th with a rain date of April 27th.

PEEP-PEEP GETS A FRIEND-March 2024

PEEP-PEEP GETS A FRIEND-March 2024

   I couldn’t wait any longer. The birds in the playpen in my den were getting wild and crazy, fighting, knocking over food and water dishes, ripping holes in the mesh sides of the playpen and in the old lace tablecloth I use as a covering.

THE DEER- March 2024

My neighbor John called to tell me about the deer.  It was a late Saturday afternoon in mid-January, several inches of snow on the ground and well below freezing outside.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS-March 2024

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS-March 2024

  We are pleased to announce our newest staff member: Jenna Christine Weaver, School Nurse.  Jenna graduated ACS in 2010. Since then she pursued her nursing degree and is also the mother of four children.

THE WAY WE WERE – March 2024

THE WAY WE WERE - March 2024

Andes years ago was a butter center and every Saturday the streets were lined with teams bringing butter from different parts of the county. Now, with two up-to-date creameries it bids fair to become a milk center. Dissatisfied with the prices offered in Delhi the farmers living along the Little Delaware are contemplating sending their milk here to the Andes Co-Operative Dairy Company

THE GLADSTONES of GLADSTONE HOLLOW: FROM WENDY GLADSTONE COOLEY

THE GLADSTONES of GLADSTONE HOLLOW: FROM WENDY GLADSTONE COOLEY

Today, the farm has seen many changes. However, the business continues as Gladstone Farms. Art and Grace would be pleased to know that their grandchildren, great grandchildren and even their great-great grandchildren are still raising cattle and tending to the same fields that they had worked themselves. 

I’M ALL IN FOR EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION: THIS IS US- March 2024

One critic alluded to being “mistily manipulated,” and that will happen, but it’s not to my mind a cheaply sentimental manipulation. Yes, you’ll probably cry, but that’s not the whole point. And it’s good for you.

COMPLETE MARCH 2023 PDF FILE

A COMPLETE PDF FILE

LIBRARY NOTES– March 2024

Pam

Tuesday Afternoon Music Workshops – Early Childhood, plus Fiddle & Folk

     In addition to our early childhood Song and Story time on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:15 at the library, we are offering folk music workshops at 4:30 pm by appointment only, group or individual instruction on fiddle, taught by Becca Wintle, or mountain dulcimer by Bill Duke or myself, as well as other master workshops with various teachers. You must own your own instrument. Donations are suggested.

 THE WAY WE WERE – February 2024

 THE WAY WE WERE - February 2024

Interesting fact regarding February 29 whereby a woman may propose marriage to a man in leap year – and other interesting news from 100 years ago.

WE APPLAUD: ANN ROBERTI – February 2024

WE APPLAUD: ANN ROBERTI - February 2024

Buffy interviews Ann Roberti –

SOME OF MY FAVORITE “HORROR” SERIES – February 2024

A review of some Horror stories that Judy has been watching .

PEEP-PEEP – February 2024

PEEP-PEEP - February 2024

Diane takes on more chickens.

DEREK CURL ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE! PART 3 – February 2024

DEREK CURL ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE!  PART 3 - February 2024

Derek’s triumphant finale to his renovations of the Andes Hotel with a film “In With the Old” – viewed at The Andes Hotel by numerous residents and friends.

T-MOBILE: OUR 911 CELL TOWER IS TOO FAR FROM THE HAMLET – February 2024

Update on possible Cell Phone Coverage

FEBRUARY SNOWSTORM – February 2024

Pam

A February poem by our Librarian Pamela West-Finkle

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – February 2024

Complete update as to what is going on at Andes Central School

SPRING DEBUT FOR HAMLET PASTRY CAFÉ AND WINE BAR APPROVED REOPENING OF THE DINER BY DRAGONFLY OWNER – February 2024

Hamlet Pastry Cafe’ and Wine Bar Approved, Reopening of the Diner by Dragonfly Owner

NEW BOOKS – FEBRUARY 2024

NEW BOOKS  - FEBRUARY 2024

A list of new books

LIBRARY NOTES – February 2024

LIBRARY NOTES - February 2024

Yearly reporting of Library statistics, Song & Story Time schedule and update on new books.

Complete September 2023 PDF File

9 September 2023 Andes Gazette Book

ERIC VAN BENSCHOTEN JOINS THE PLANNING BOARD PROPOSAL TO ALLOW ATVs ON TOWN ROADS – June 2023

   Privilege of the Floor: Chris Caiazza presented a proposal to allow all terrain vehicles (ATVs) legal access to drive on town roads. They are a club of ATV users and feel regulating ATV road privileges will be a safer alternative to current unregulated road use. The Town Board will check with their attorney and discuss the matter for further review. No decision was made regarding the proposal.

THE WAY WE WERE – February 2023

Death announcements, February temperature statistics and other interesting tid-bits.

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.

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!

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