MIKE O’TOOLE PROPOSES PUBLIC ACCESS ANDES RADIO STATION ZONING REVISIONS COMMITTEE PRESENTS UPDATE ON THEIR WORK–January 2024

Bud and Peter Ames reported that the Kiosk on Main Street is being updated with MTC Wi-Fi coverage and a new map of the area. Available will be a QR code that links current active businesses and enterprises and their actual hours of operation through the newly consolidated town website under a new .gov address.

NEW OWNERS OF TWO OLD TARTS APPLY TO OPEN BISTRO AND WINE BAR MINOR BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT ON MAIN STREET PROPOSED –January 2024

NEW OWNERS OF TWO OLD TARTS APPLY TO OPEN BISTRO AND WINE BAR  MINOR BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT ON MAIN STREET PROPOSED --January 2024

  Nicole Bassis, chef, and Regul Koopman, a recently relocated NYC couple, have bought the Two Old Tarts restaurant building on Lee Lane just behind the Tin Horn building on Main Street in the Hamlet. They submitted preliminary details of a bistro, wine bar and café where Ms. Bassis, with her 15 years of experience as both caterer and private chef in NYC, will be in charge of the kitchen

FROM DINGLE HILL: THE RELEASE OF “MASONVILLE”–January 2024

FROM DINGLE HILL: THE RELEASE OF “MASONVILLE”--January 2024

  Michael carefully removes the lid and steps back.

   It takes a moment for the eagle to orient herself and get her bearings. Then she makes a decision, flaps a few graceful beats and lifts off the ground. She heads northeast and disappears behind the treeline.

SWEEPING CHANGES–January 2024

SWEEPING CHANGES--January 2024

It was a miracle! Somehow most of the snow had turned to powder! I have never seen it do that before. I got out one of my trusty brooms (I keep one at each doorway as well as the one for inside) and started sweeping.

A SUBTLE NEW EXPERIENCE–2024

   A subtle but lovely new experience— I can only imagine delivered by a warming planet. This morning I was greeted by a hundred silky spider threads hanging from a tree, each gently blowing in the wind and covered with snowflakes.

100 YEARS AGO — January 2024

100 YEARS AGO -- January 2024

Mrs. Andrew C. Fenton, of Margaretville, sworn in at Albany last week is the first woman lawyer in Delaware county. [Ed.: I think she is a forbear, maybe grandmother, of Andrea Fenton Campbell, most recently of Delhi, who with husband Bill relocated to Saratoga Springs a few years ago. One wishes the editor had given us this esteemed woman’s first name!]

BOOKCLUBSBOOKCLUBSBOOKCLUBS–January 2024

  LitWits, whose sessions take place at the Andes Public Library and is open to the public, is not even officially a club, but a group. While we do seem to attract and hold women of a certain age, we are totally open to people of all ages, including those who choose to attend only when the book choice strongly appeals to them.

LIBRARY NOTES–January 2024

LIBRARY NOTES--January 2024

   At the current time, our library is NOT accepting most donations; however, we will always take newly published hardcovers and excellent condition children’s books.

EVENING WITH JADE AMBER (ACS 2013) LEADS OFF ALUMNI CONCERTS –January 2024

EVENING WITH JADE AMBER (ACS 2013) LEADS OFF ALUMNI CONCERTS --January 2024

Jade Amber Litaker led off the series on November 9th, lending her silky soprano to well-chosen songs from pop tunes to opera. She warmed our hearts with Summertime, sent us flying with I Could Have Danced All Night, and brought tears with a tender rendition of Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro. She dedicated her concert to her Dad, James Litaker, and “my beautiful son.”

COMPLETE PDF FILE FOR THE DECEMBER 2023 GAZETTE

December 2023 PDF File

MOO-VING SEARCH: COMMUNITY SEARCH FOR MISSING COW HAS A HAPPY ENDING – December 2023

MOO-VING SEARCH: COMMUNITY SEARCH FOR MISSING COW HAS A HAPPY ENDING - December 2023

The saga of the search for a missing cow. A truly wonderful story.

2024 BUDGET INCREASE OF 1.83% OVER PRIOR YEAR APPROVED THREE 2024 JAZZ CONCERTS PROPOSED IN BALLANTINE PARK – December 2023

A public hearing on the 2024 Budget, Jason Mondore newly elected member of council; Bud Gladstone and Carol Ames were also reelected.

APPROVAL OF ALLISON OIL’S NEW SELF-CONTAINED OIL STORAGE TANK ON MAIN STREET – December 2023

Boundary Line approval, Self contained oil storage tank approved

HAPPENINGS AT STREAMSIDE YOGA – December 2023

Chair Yoga being offered at Streamside Yoga

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS – DECEMBER 2023

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS - DECEMBER 2023

Updates on what is going on in Andes Central School

TREE LIGHTING AT THE ANDES HOTEL: November 25th – December 2023

TREE LIGHTING AT THE ANDES HOTEL: November 25th - December 2023

Photo of the lovely Tree Lighting at the Andes Hotel

CHRISTKINDLMARKET: Saturday, December 9 – december 2023

The region’s first Christkindlmarket—an old-world style Bavarian Christmas Market, show-casing local artisans and growers’ products for sale to visitors, and providing a magical Christmas experience for all ages.

 THE WAY WE WERE – December 2023

 THE WAY WE WERE - December 2023

Cross burning a frequent occurrence in Delaware County

CHARLIE BUCKET WINS OUR HEARTS IN WILLY WONKA JR – December 2023

CHARLIE BUCKET WINS OUR HEARTS IN WILLY WONKA JR - December 2023

A review by Buffy Calvert of the ACS’s students performance of “Willi Wonka”

NEW BOOKS – December 2023

NEW BOOKS - December 2023

New Books & DVD’s at the Library

LIBRARY NOTES – December 2023

Pam

Book Sale for the Holidays and the Library’s Holiday & Winter Schedule

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE – December 2023

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE - December 2023

Diane explains how she recycles t-shirts, rags, etc.

GLORIA MCLEAN’S DANCE RETREAT IN ANDES – November 2023

GLORIA MCLEAN’S DANCE RETREAT IN ANDES - November 2023

At a weekend dance retreat and workshop hosted by Gloria McLean at her studio in Andes in October she and her dancers were supported musically by Marshall Coid, a NYC professional violinist/composer/performer who also lives in Andes.

INTRODUCING DR. BRIGID COLLINS, OUR NEW ACS SUPERINTENDENT – November 2023

INTRODUCING DR. BRIGID COLLINS, OUR NEW ACS SUPERINTENDENT - November 2023

  Dr, Collins loved her many roles as Assistant Principal but wanted to move forward in her career. Jim Stewart graciously offered to retire from teaching high school so that she could cast a wide net. From the tip of Long Island, she saw that the Mountaineer school in Andes sought a new Superintendent. She applied. It was a vigorous process: three interviews by different groups including staff, Board of Education and community members. They chose her.

NEXT INCARNATION OF CATSKILLS HARVEST November 2023

 On October 17th I called Glen Nealis, Director of the County’s IDA, to inquire about the status of the Catskills Harvest property (once the site of the Andel Inn and many other businesses) on State Route 28. (The story of the dramatic rise  and precipitous fall of that store/event space and its grifts was related in quite some detail in both The Reporter and The Mountain Eagle.) He told me that since there was no formal response over the Summer to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for use and purchase, they have decided to put the property on the market. Catskill Country Living has been given the listing, and was today taking exterior photos, with interior ones to follow. The listed price is $450,000.

STRING BEANS IN AUTUMN – November 2023

 The deer nibbling on the leaves reminded me that the chickens love them also. Now each time I venture up to the garden with a five gallon bucket of soiled bedding from the chicken coop to use for mulch, I fill the emptied bucket with string bean greens to bring to the hens in their yard.

PUBLIC HEARING FOR A NEW MAIN STREET COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL MIXED USE PROJECT ALLISON OIL REVEALS PLANS FOR A NEW SELF-CONTAINED OIL STORAGE TANK – November 2023

A Public Hearing was held for Jessica Corey’s proposal regarding mixed use of her building at the corner of Main and High Streets. She has made recent renovations and wishes to renew the commercial opportunities to the front and downstairs of the building that previously existed and revive the apartment for year-round rental or to develop an Airbnb upstairs within the second floor back portion.

GLADSTONE APPOINTS COUNCILMAN RITCHIE GABRIEL AS NEW DEPUTY SUPERVISOR COSTUMED HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREATING IN THE HAMLET ON 10/31 – November 2023

Public Hearing: 10% proposed property tax exemption for qualifying members of town volunteers who are Firefighters and Ambulance workers. No dissenting voices in the room. Proposal tabled to future meeting pending quorum in the room. Ritchie Gabriel is a volunteer and as he cannot vote on his own monetary exemption, he recused himself from voting on the proposal.

WHAT’S UP WITH THE MANSION? – November 2023

I feel I’m beyond the speculative realm when I put into print that the word is out that Andreas Gerdes, current owner of the “mansion” on Main Street that has sat empty and untended for many years, recently conveyed ownership of the building and its acreage. Also the contiguous property behind it, the Victorian house previously owned by Lee Melahn and Rick Shaver, proprietors of Mercantile.

CHANGE IS AFOOT ON MAIN STREET – November 2023

News on some LLC-owned properties coming for sale:    After all this time there is now movement to sell some of the properties. In a phone conversation with Andy Wos, a partner in these properties, this reporter was told that there is a signed contract on the Corner Store, something we’ve also heard “on the street.”

THE WAY WE WERE – November 2023

THE WAY WE WERE - November 2023

The origin of the fire which last Friday morning destroyed the general store of W. C. Oliver, hardware store of C. W. Hulbert & Sons, residence of Geo. Marx and partly burned the residence of Geo. Polley, is as much a mystery as ever.

FROM DINGLE HILL: The ​Eagle – November 2023

FROM DINGLE HILL: The ​Eagle - November 2023

Peg tells a riveting story of an inured eagle:
   Joseph knew he had deliveries to make, but did not want to leave the injured eagle alone.  In time Don Snow, the owner of the trucking company showed up. He sent Joseph on his way and waited as long as he could for Michael to arrive. But eventually Don had to leave, so he tied a florescent yellow vest to a tree to mark the exact location of the eagle.

LIBRARY NOTES – November 2023

LIBRARY NOTES - November 2023

Welcome Gino Zamparo – New Board of Trustees Member! A long-time part-time resident of Andes who has taken to staying here on more of a full-time basis has joined our Library Board of Trustees, completing Gloria Carlson’s vacant term.

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS-November 2023

MOUNTAINEER TRACKS-November 2023

New school superintendent, Brigid Collins, tells the community about upcoming programs to be held at the school

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ANDES ELECTIONS–November 2023

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ANDES ELECTIONS--November 2023

Town Clerk Carol Ames found a document from 1937 when
Andes consolidated voting districts into the 2 we still have today.

Complete November 2023 PDF File

PDF File for November 2023

WOMEN OF ANDES EVENT AT THE HOTEL – November 2023

WOMEN OF ANDES EVENT AT THE HOTEL - November 2023

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS – November 2023

HUNTING TAVERN NEWS - November 2023

Please join the Andes Society for History and Culture for our traditional Soup and Bread Night, Saturday December 2 starting at 5 pm at the Hunting Tavern Museum.

DEREK CURL ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE! PART 2 – November 2023

DEREK CURL ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE! PART 2 - November 2023

  Everyone loved it! Plans that were previously mere notions were put into high gear. Not only would work entail just the restaurant, but included the Green Room (formerly known as the Yellow Room), motel rooms, a commissary/lounge, and the Summer Shack and courtyard. Shooting started February 2023 and lasted off and on for seven months, for the duration of the ambitious construction schedule—in the dead of Winter.

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

January 2024 Andes Gazette pdf

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