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Portraits This Saturday 12/13/14 at The Andes Indoor Farmers Market

If you need a Facebook profile picture, headshot, or image for you Holiday card, stop by on Saturday. There is a $10 minimum donation that will go to the Andes Food bank.

Pop Up Holiday Craft Market at the Andes Indoor Farmers Market

Pop up local craft market at the Andes Indoor Farmers Market, 143 Main St (across from the Andes Hotel). Saturday, December 6 & 13, 10AM to 3PM. In addition to our farm food vendors, we'll have local crafts people selling their wares for the Holiday season. Come celebrate with us! 

Dancing in Ballantine Park 8/9/14

Dancers, choreographers, film artists and musicians will transform the beautiful creek side Ballantine Park in Andes into unexpected landscapes of movement, image and sound in the second annual Dancing in the Park event, as part of Andes Community Day, August 9, 2014 from 11:45am-1:30pm.

 

This year’s event will include physical theater, choreographed and improvised dances, film/sculpture installations, live music, presented by renowned professional artists as well as children and adults from the area who have come together in celebration of art-making inspired by the treasured outdoor site.

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BUSINESS FOR LEASE – ANDES, NY General Store, Gas Station, Deli, Restaurant & Apartment

BUSINESS FOR LEASE – ANDES, NY

General Store, Gas Station, Deli, Restaurant & Apartment

103 Main St (State Route 28) Andes, NY 13731

Completely Turn-Key
Excellent Location
Only Gas in Hamlet
Full Deli & Restaurant
Pizza
Bakery
Soft Serve Ice Cream
Cigarettes
NYS Lottery
Propane & Ice
Streamside Dining
Reservoir Steam Cleaning
Hamlet Water & Sewer
National Brand Gasoline
Plenty of Parking
Store – 3,300 square feet
Apartment – 2,464 sqft.
Includes All FF&E
Walk-in Cooler & Freezer
Inventory Available  Read more

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week

The mission of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to h elp stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state and encouraging them to take action. Please join in the fun and help out with the effort!  Activities of all kinds take place July 6th- July 12th. Check out nyis.info and click on the logo for more information!

Andes Indoor Farmers Market

Also open Memorial Day, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendors Wanted

Free WiFi

Dedicated 5,000 square feet of heated indoor open space with high ceiling (open rain or shine!)

Center of town on Main St (Route 28) in Hamlet of Andes

Men’s and Women’s rooms for Vendors and Customers

Adjoining stream side outdoor area available for Vendors and Customers

Planned 20-C licensed commercial community kitchen available for Vendor use  Read more

Wanted: movers for Andes Community Day event

WANTED:

Folks interested in participating in structured movement performance events, directed by David Capps, for Andes Community Day, 8/9/14, part of the second annual “Dancing in the Park” event in Ballantine Park.

No “dance” experience necessary – all you need is a spirit of adventurousness and a reasonably willing body that you can trust to do at least one of the following:

walk,

sit and stand,

roll on the ground.

That’s it.

We’ll get together periodically (4-5 times, mostly in June/July/August, as conveniently to everyone’s schedules as possible, for perhaps 1.5 hours each time) in the Andes environs to “rehearse” and prepare, but the idea is to have fun, explore some potentialities of moving together, and to bring something to Community Day that is, in the simplest sense, beautiful.

Please contact David Capps with expressions of interest and any questions:

[email protected]  Read more

Town of Andes Transfer Station Permits

Attention Town of Andes Residents.  Please be advised that the Andes Town Board has passed a local law concerning the permitted use of the Andes Transfer Station.  Decals must be purchased and placed on all vehicles wishing to use the transfer station prior to January 1, 2014.  Read more

Thank you, from Tina M. Moshier

I would like to thank all of you who supported me in the recent election, it really means a lot to me. I would also like to assure everyone else that I will do everything I can to help you.

Respectfully, Tina M. Moshier

The Andes Republican Candidates respectfully ask for your support!

Experience
Dedication
Integrity
 
Reelect 
 
Martin A. Donnelly--Supervisor
 
Martin Liddle--Councilman
 
Daniel Grommeck--Councilman
 
Michael McAdams--Highway Superintendent
 
Tina Moshier--Assessor
 
Joseph Grieco--Justice 
 
Nicholas Burton--Justice
 
Please join us in voting on November 5th, 2013
 

Business for Lease -- Andes NY

General Store, Gas Station, Deli, Restaurant & Apartment 

103 Main St (State Route 28) Andes, NY 13731

Completely Turn-Key

Excellent Location

Only Gas in Hamlet

Full Deli & Restaurant Pizza

On Premise Beer License (all licenses will have to be obtained by the new business)

Bakery

NYS Lottery

Propane & Ice

Streamside Dining

Pepacton Steam Cleaning

Hamlet Water & Sewer

National Brand Gasoline

Plenty of Parking  Read more

CATSKILLS EVENT - SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH KICKING OFF JULY 7th AND RUNNING THROUGH SEPT 1st AT THE ANDES HOTEL

 

SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH KICKING OFF JULY 7th AND RUNNING THROUGH SEPT 1st

Serving from our great brunch & lunch menu and featuring different duos on Sundays including Lindsey Webster, Dave Krajicek, Ann Osmond & Dennis Yerry and Charka. Music between 11am and 2pm. Serving 10am and 4pm.  Outdoor dining available.  Offerings include eggs bene, pancakes, house made hash & eggs, local burger, smoked trout and much more.  Great seasonal specials every week.  

 

WE’LL TREAT YOU FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY!

Eat a free entrée, lunch or dinner, on your birthday.  ID required!

FREE POOL MONDAYS & SUNDAYS!

Just ask your server for the quarters and play all day long!

110 Main St, Andes, NY  13731  T845-676-3980  www.andeshotel.com

 

CATSKILLS EVENT - ANDES HOTEL HOSTING TRIVIA NIGHTS ON THURSDAYS FOR JULY AND AUGUST!

 

7.11-8.29 EVERY THURSDAY-TRIVIA NITE, 7pm 

Every Thursday at 7pm in the Tavern with host Cara Vaughan.  Teams of 1 to 7 people. Great prizes for each round and final.  Winners get their bill slashed in half!  No reservations needed. 

WE’LL TREAT YOU FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY!  Eat a free entrée, lunch or dinner, on your birthday.  ID required!

FREE POOL MONDAYS & SUNDAYS! Just ask your server for the quarters and play all day long!

110 Main St, Andes, NY  13731  T845-676-3980  www.andeshotel.com

 

 

CATSKILLS EVENT - CANS & CLAMS KICKS OFF MAY 24TH WITH A GREAT MUSIC LINE AND NEW FOOD OFFERINGS AT THE ANDES HOTEL!

 

CANS & CLAMS FRIDAYS KICKING OFF MAY 24th!

Gearing up for another fun filled Cans & Clams series already.  Outside in our Summer Shack every Friday of May 24th-Aug 30st 6pm to 9pm!  Live music every week, $6.50 bags of clams, $3 cans of beers.  Enjoy the summer air, toss some shoes, listen to some tunes and eat some clams.  Also coming at you this season in Summershack and as specials in the restaurant and tavern is Andes BBQ Company featuring smoked ribs, brisket, housemade sausages and much more.  No reservations needed.  Just come on down!

May 24th, Just Throw Money, www.justthrowmoney.net

May 31st, David Kriaai & Amy Laber www.david kraai.com

June 7th, The Decadence Duo www.reverbnation.com/thedecadence

June 14th, John Scarpulla & Jason Panucci, Check them out on facebook!  Read more

CATSKILLS EVENT - 5.12-MOTHER’S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH LINDSEY WEBSTER AT THE ANDES HOTEL

 

5.12-MOTHER’S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH LINDSEY WEBSTER

Jazz from 12:30am to 3:30pm.  Brunch from noon to 4pm. Great two course special Mother’s Day brunch.  $22 pp.  Reservations suggested.

 

WE’LL TREAT YOU FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY!

Eat a free entrée, lunch or dinner, on your birthday.  ID required!

FREE POOL MONDAYS & SUNDAYS!

Just ask your server for the quarters and play all day long!

110 Main St, Andes, NY  13731  T845-676-3980  www.andeshotel.com

 

CATSKILLS EVENT - 5.12-MOTHER’S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH LINDSEY WEBSTER AT THE ANDES HOTEL

 

5.12-MOTHER’S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH LINDSEY WEBSTER

Jazz from 12:30am to 3:30pm.  Brunch from noon to 4pm. Great two course special Mother’s Day brunch.  $22 pp.  Reservations suggested.

 

WE’LL TREAT YOU FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY!

Eat a free entrée, lunch or dinner, on your birthday.  ID required!

FREE POOL MONDAYS & SUNDAYS!

Just ask your server for the quarters and play all day long!

110 Main St, Andes, NY  13731  T845-676-3980  www.andeshotel.com

 

CATSKILLS EVENT-COMEDY NIGHT AT THE ANDES HOTEL MAY 11TH

 

5.11 – COMEDY NITE RETURNS AT THE ANDES HOTEL!!!

Joanne Genelle and two great new comics hit the stage at 7pm for another hilariously funny comedy show. $10 cover.  Reservation suggested.

 

WE’LL TREAT YOU FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY!

Eat a free entrée, lunch or dinner, on your birthday.  ID required!

FREE POOL MONDAYS & SUNDAYS!

Just ask your server for the quarters and play all day long!

 

110 Main St, Andes, NY  13731  T845-676-3980  www.andeshotel.com

 

 

 

5.10-THE WOEDOGGIES LIVE IN THE TAVERN-7pm-10pm-The Andes Hotel

5.10-THE WOEDOGGIES LIVE IN THE TAVERN-7pm-10pm

The Woedoggies play classic, simple, honest, acoustic country. Based in

northern Vermont the Woedoggies are a 3-piece string band made up of Vermont music veterans Peter Riley on bass and vocals (Breakaway and The X-Rays), Rudy Dauth on lead guitar and vocals (Pulse Prophets) and Wylie Shipman on rhythm guitar and vocals.

Community Day 2012

Donate to the Binnekill Business Council Toys for Tots toy drive

The Binnekill Business Council (formerly ShopMargaretville) is organizing a toy drive to help re-stock the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation warehouse in Brooklyn, which lost 1,000 toys to Sandy floodwaters. Brand new toys are being accepted at locations across the Catskills beginning on November 17. Locations include the Bed and Bath Shoppe and the Commons in Margaretville, The Tinder Box and Wadler Brothers hardware store in Fleischmanns, the Andes Hotel in Andes, Quarltere's Nursery in Roxbury and NBT Bank in Grand Gorge. 

More info: http://brooklyn-ny.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx  Read more

Announcing the kick off our Sunday Jazz Brunches @ The Andes Hotel July & Aug

SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH KICKING OFF JULY 1st AND RUNNING THROUGH SEPT 2ND

Serving from our great brunch menu and featuring different duos each week including Dave Krajicek, Lindsey Webster, Lou Smalldone, Kristina Johnson, Ann Osmond & Dennis Yerry and Chakra. Music between 11:30am and 2:30. Serving between 10am and 4pm

July 1st Lindsey Webster & Keith Slattery
"Unbeleivable" "Pure Talent" "Huge Voice" "Norah Jones meets Aretha Franklin on steroids" "A pure joy to work with" - These are some of the quotes from Lindsey Webster's fans. An accomplished classical cellist, singer/songwriter and vocalist from Woodstock, NY, returns to the Andes Hotel with Keith Slattery on keyboard. Lindsey has performed all over the country with various different artists such as - 18 time grammy Award winning Jimmy Sturr Orchestra, Michael Dell Orchestra, Tommy Cash, Four Guys in Disguise, Mark Sly, Rupert Holmes to name a few.


For information about Lindsey, visit her website at www.lindseywebstermusic.com

Gotta Band? Want to perform?

 

Andes ‘Battle of the Bands’ – July 14, 2012

A Music Competition with Cash Prizes!!!

The Andes ‘Battle of the Bands’ will be held at the Andes outdoor fire pavilion on Tremperskill Road, at 2pm on July 14th. Admission is free.  BBQ & drinks available.

This is a competitive musical event for our youth, open to contestants ranging in age from teen to 25 years old. Prizes: 1st  $250,  2nd  $100,  3rd  $50.  Winners will be chosen by the audience, so come and ROOT for your favorites.

P2 and Avid Rox will perform! Gotta Band?  Want to perform? Gotta be a Band: Bands must consist of at least 2 members and 2 instruments. Entries must be made by June 30th and include name of band, names and ages of performers, and a contact telephone number. Contact [email protected], or[email protected] OR mail to Andes Battle of the Bands / PO Box 342 / Andes, NY 13731.   Read more

January 2015 snowstorm updates

9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27: The travel ban in Ulster County (and in most other New York counties) has been lifted, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this morning announced that the travel ban in the Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester counties), Nassau County, and New York City is lifted effective at 7:30 a.m. I-84 as well as the Thruway have been reopened. Drivers should use extreme caution and prepare properly as driving conditions remain poor and other states still may have travel bans in effect.

7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27: Snow much for that. Overnight, the storm tracked farther east than forecasters expected, and now the National Weather Service, Hudson Valley Weather and other forecasters have lowered their snowfall predictions for the Catskills and New York City. It'll be just another normal winter storm from here on out, with up to 6 inches possible in most parts of the Catskills. 

From the National Weather Service in Albany

This storm was east far enough by 50-100 miles to drastically alter the snowfall accumulations in the Albany forecast area. Some snow is still expected...but much lesser amounts at this time.

The team at Hudson Valley Weather has been up all night for this nailbiter:

While we are still under advisories and warnings for up to 6-12 inches of snow by the NWS, we fill that if the moisture does actually push west this morning into the afternoon, it will only produce light to possibly moderate snowfall totals. A general 2-6 inch snow fall with maybe a few higher spots seems much more logical at this point. No reason to believe this storm will discontinue its efforts to underperform the forecast.

HVW adds that it's been getting flack from irate readers: 

As a side note, attacks against HVW and forecasters alike will not bring the snow back, it would be much more productive for you to tackle your degree in meteorology. We realize that this was a major blow to the science and to forecasting in general and it will likely open the floodgates of criticism against what forecasters do. Kinda reminds me of the movie "The Weatherman" when Nicholas Cage is walking down the street and he gets hit with a milkshake, with that said, I prefer a chocolate frosty from Wendy's.

8:20 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26: There's some confusion about whether Gov. Cuomo's travel ban includes Sullivan County. The governor named Sullivan County as one of the counties with a travel ban in both press conferences he gave on Jan. 26, but his office's official list of 13 counties with travel bans does not include Sullivan County: 

For all local and state roads, a travel ban will go into effect at 11 p.m until further notice in the following 13 counties: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester.

Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potosek issued a statement at 7:15 p.m. saying that there is no travel ban in effect in Sullivan County: 

County Manger Joshua Potosek has announced that there are no current travel restrictions for Sullivan County ... County Manager Potosek urges all County residents during the storm to remain indoors and off roadways whenever possible. If residents must drive, they are advised to exercise extreme caution when driving through this storm.

It looks like the only Catskills county included in the travel ban is Ulster, where drivers have been ordered to stay off the roads after 11 p.m tonight.  

5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26: A travel ban on all roads will be in effect in Ulster and Sullivan counties, as well in more southern New York counties, beginning at 11 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26.

"It is a total travel restriction ban," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a 4:45 p.m. press conference. "If you are in your car, and you are on any road after 11 p.m., you will technically be committing a crime." 

"State roads, local roads, city roads, town roads except for emergency personnel," Cuomo said. "If you violate this state order it’s a possible misdemeanor, with fines up to $300."

12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26: Ulster and Sullivan county are under a state of emergency due to the looming snowstorm that is forecasted to bring up to 18 inches of snow to the eastern Catskills tonight, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference at noon on Monday, Jan. 26.

There will be a tractor-trailer ban on the New York Thruway beginning at 4 p.m., and Cuomo's administration is considering issuing a total travel ban on all traffic on all main roads tonight. 

"I'm declaring a state of emergency effective immediately from Sullivan and Ulster counties south," Cuomo said.

The governor also said that there will be a tractor trailer ban on the New York Thruway beginning at 4 p.m. 

"We are considering at this time a travel ban on all main roads starting at 11 p.m. tonight," Cuomo said.

That decision on the travel ban will be made after 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, Cuomo said. 

"The closing of the roads is a safety precaution," he said. "It's never an easy decision." 

"This is not a storm to take lightly," he said. 

More updates below:

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Up to two feet of snow expected in Catskills during storm

Above: Projected snowfall totals in the Catskills and Hudson Valley by Hudson Valley Weather

Update, 1/26: We are tracking live updates on the progress of the storm through the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Click here to follow along.

The forecasters at the National Weather Service and Hudson Valley Weather say that up to 24 inches of snow could hit the Catskills during Winter Storm Juno (yes, it has a name) on Monday, Jan. 26 and Tuesday, Jan. 27. 

We're getting off easy. The predictions for New York City are dire.  Read more

Serial check bouncer left trail of larceny across New York and Pennsylvania, police say

Left: Lee S. McDonald. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

A Walton man allegedly bounced checks and stole large sums of money from victims across six counties in two states, police say.

Lee S. McDonald, a 35-year-old man who owns a contracting business called Blue Moon Construction, was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 15 by investigators from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, according to a press release.

The Delaware County District Attorney's office charged McDonald with one count of grand larceny in the second degree and one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree. The exact amount of money McDonald allegedly stole is hidden inside a sealed grand jury indictment, but it is at least $51,000, and probably much more.  

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. In Delaware County alone, McDonald has been arrested three more times for passing bad checks from the checking accounts of Blue Moon Construction and Dam Broke Farm, another business he owns.  Read more

New early bear hunting season may have led to record kill numbers 

Above: A bear snacks on birdseed after smashing a bird feeder at a home in Andes in 2006. Photo by Peter Possenti (using a telephoto lens.) Used with permission

The spot Tim Meservey found at the base of a tree early one Saturday morning in September was a hunter’s dream. On a rise, it faced a gully that is a country lane for wildlife. A few hundred yards away is a farm where bears strip sweet, young corn from the stalk when no one is looking. 

Usually, bears are not on Meservey’s big game list. Not as plentiful as deer, they are also elusive, and it was rare to see one in the woods by the time regular hunting season arrived in November in Greene County, where the 39-year-old hunter and middle school art teacher lives. 

“They tend to head back up in the mountains in fall,” Meservey said.

But when the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) initiated an early bear season that started on Sept. 6 – the regular season opened Nov. 15 – Meservey said he finally saw an opportunity.  Read more

The New York Times jumps on the visit-the-Catskills bandwagon

Above: A double rainbow over the Ashokan Reservoir in July 2014. Photo by Rebecca Balzac, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Joining the likes of Travel + Leisure and Fodor's, the New York Times has listed the Catskills as one of "52 Places to Go in 2015."

"Not your Bubbie and Zadie’s getaway," the NYT writes, ranking the Catskills #39 on its list. The paper names a series of Catskills establishments that have been enjoying fantastic press recently, including The Graham & Co. and the Phoenicia Diner in Phoenicia and Cucina and Woodstock Way in Woodstock--all of which were also recently lauded in a feature in Vogue.

There's also the inevitable comparison to Brooklyn:   Read more

"Arctic Outbreak" prompts some schools to open late

Above: Forecasted windchill temperatures for Thursday, Jan. 8, from the National Weather Service's Binghamton office.

Several Catskills school districts have announced delays for Thursday, Jan. 7 because of frigid temperatures expected on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

In Greene County, the Greene, Catskill and Cairo-Durham schools have all announced two-hour delays, according to CBS 6's StormWatch page.

In Sullivan County, Sullivan County West is also on a two-hour delay, according to the school's website  Read more

Church strips accused priest's name from parish center

Above: Robert Purcell's name was removed from the sign in front of the Purcell Parish Center in Margaretville on Jan. 4, 2015. Photo by Julia Reischel.

For four years, the name of a priest found responsible for sexually abusing minors has adorned the front of his parish's community center in the Delaware County village of Margaretville. Even after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany removed Robert H. Purcell from the ministry and forbade him from using the title “Reverend,” the imposing metal letters that spelled out “Very Rev. Robert H. Purcell” remained set in stone.

Until Sunday, Jan. 4, six months after Purcell’s death, when church officials announced the sign would be removed. Steven Scarmozzino, the current priest, made the announcement at Mass on Sunday morning at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville. By the end of the day, the letters were pried off, leaving only a rusty shadow on a blank stone behind.

Church officials did not give a specific reason for the sign’s removal, and have not linked it directly with Purcell’s stained legacy.

Six years, two sex abuse scandals  Read more

Chris Gibson won't run again for Congress in 2016

As Republican Congressman Chris Gibson was sworn into his third term in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, he announced that it would be his last.

In a statement, Gibson said that he will step down from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of his current two-year term:

"As I stated shortly after retiring from the US Army and first pursuing a seat in Congress in 2010, I planned to self-impose term limits. Accordingly, after much reflection and consultation with my family, this will be my third and final time taking the oath of office as a Representative in the US House. I thank the voters of Upstate NY for this privilege to serve and pledge to continue to work tirelessly on their behalf in this final term."  Read more

Winter is about to get serious

Above: Catskills icicles. Photo by Mark Zilberman, via the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Hello 2015! We're back after a holiday break, just in time for winter to really sink its teeth into the Catskills.

The National Weather Service is warning that high winds will batter Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties throughout the day on Monday, Jan. 5, that downed power lines and outages are possible, and that "loose objects may be propelled:"  Read more

Will 2015 be the year of the Catskills?

Above: Barnes Hill on a sunny fall day in 2014. Photo by Dennis Schevjda, via Flickr

If the national travel press has anything to do with it, the Catskills will be flooded with tourists in 2015.

Two separate publications, Fodor's and Travel + Leisure, have put the region on their lists of the best places in the world (the world!) to visit next year.

Fodor's Go List 2015 lumps "The Hudson Valley and the Catskills" together, and lists them as #2, right after "The Arctic" and before Namibia and Guatemala:  Read more