Full Moon hike planned for Andes on Jan. 16

By Cheryl Petersen
The crew dresses in layers (no cotton), grabs some heat packs, pulls on MICROspikes or snow-shoes, and starts hiking.
“Thirteen of us hiked on New Year’s Day,” said John Exter, from New Kingston. “It was great fun and we have another hike planned on January 16.” Everyone is invited to meet at the beginning of the Andes Rail Trail on county Highway 2, at 8 p.m., for a moonlight hike.

Andes residents learn of higher flood insurance premiums and new transfer station decals


By Cheryl Petersen
New transfer station decals are available and must be placed on vehicles by January 1 in the Town of Andes.
The regular December Town of Andes Board meeting included a report from Councilman Bud Gladstone on the new National Flood Insurance Plan regulations saying, “The Feds estimate a 25 percent increase in premium costs per year until the national flood insurance fund becomes self-sustained.”

Humane society reopens its gift shop in Andes

By Cheryl Petersen
Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) has re-opened the doors of its gift shop in Andes. The re-opening comes after a temporary closing last fall, due to the financial strain of keeping open the old gift shop. The inventory was packaged and stored while Joanne Callahan and her husband and co-worker, Eddie Callahan, mobilized to find a solution to keep a presence of the HCHS in Andes.

Catskill Mtn. Maple ups production in Andes


By Cheryl Petersen
Maple tree sap ebbs and flows throughout the year, however, Tom and Jo-Ann Kaufman keep a steady stream of maple products flowing all year round. In the spring, with partner, Duane LaFever, maple sap is drawn from trees and boiled down into syrup.
“Catskill Mountain Maple produces between 800 and 1,000 gallons of syrup each year,” said Tom. Most of the natural resource is sold in syrup form, however, Jo-Ann Kaufman’s creative talents also transforms syrup into multiple delights.

ACS board reviewing plans for walking bridge

By Cheryl Petersen
Board members reviewed a variety of designs to reconstruct the walkway bridge to the school campus at Andes Central School at their monthly meeting last week. Architect Mike Bellows gave a presentation depicting the many possibilities and costs.

Winter concert delights Andes community

By Cheryl Petersen
Turning to the audience with a big grin on her face, Band Director Tamara Titch asked, “Aren’t they great?” The audience applauded in agreement. The Andes Central School students indeed had the energy and talent to perform a fantastic Winter Concert, along with Tamara Titch and Choral Director, Sandra Reynolds, both teaching for 10 years, and piano accompanist, Janice Armstrong.

Martin Lawrence

Martin W. Lawrence, 78, of Grand Gorge, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
Marty was born April 11, 1935, at Johnstown, PA, the son of Martin and Frances (Rose) Lawrence.
He married Carol Jacob on July 11, 1961, at Bronxville. Marty graduated from Penn State University on March 23, 1963.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 until 1961 and served in Korea during his enlistment.

Young Andes girls basketball squad learning the game

By John Bernhardt

Courtney Hoyt, the new Andes girls’ basketball coach, comes from good basketball pedigree. Hoyt’s 2006 Downsville Eagles high school basketball team made it all the way to the New York State finals in her junior year.

Andes Dems have Town Board primary


By Joe Moskowitz
Registered Democrats in the Town of Andes are being asked to make an unusual decision on Tuesday, Sept. 10. They are being asked to choose which one of three men they want to put on the ballot in November as candidates for the town board.

Andes Dems court local voters


By Joe Moskowitz
Democrats do get elected to public office in Delaware County but it can be an uphill battle because there are about 13,000 registered Republicans and only about 8,000 registered Democrats.
But the Andes Democratic Committee sees “second homers” as a key to changing the political landscape

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