The Parsonage in New Kingston

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This gracious home served as the Parsonage for the local Presbyterian Church in the bucolic Catskill Mountain hamlet of New Kingston. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a formal dining room, a comfortable living room, a country kitchen and family room. A wrap around rocking chair porch, wide plank wood floors, generous room sizes, wooden built ins cabinetry, wide moldings, a claw foot tub and details dating back to the mid 1800’s make this home appealing and inviting.

The home is deeply rooted in the past but has been updated for modern life, with updates including a DEP septic installed in 2007, new heating system and several newer energy efficient windows. Adding to the function of this attractive home is a mudroom and a small, manageable barn that is ideal for storage, raising chicken or whatever you can imagine. Minutes to the 4 season Catskill villages of Margaretville & Andes and just over the mountain are both Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and Plattekill Mountain Ski Center. Other area activities include hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, golfing, restaurants and shopping. Located on half an acre – this is a must see.  Read more

Jeffrey Ashton, Licensed Realtor

Jeffrey Ashton is a Licensed Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties and works out of the company's Margaretville, NY Real Estate office.

After my first visit to the Catskills over 20 year ago, I knew this was a special place. I fell in love with the clear Streams, the stunning Vistas, the Fresh Air, the verdant Mountain Foliage and the peaceful, unhurried pace. I came up here one summer with my partner and purchased my first home.

After 10 years of being a Weekend Homeowner, I made the switch from "part-timer" to "full-timer." Having traveled to more than 42 countries, I am always happy to come home to Andes, NY and the Scenic Beauty that is the Catskill Mountains.  Read more

Sharing school services is on the table again in western Catskills

Above: Andes Central School's tiny graduating class of 2014. Photo by Joe Damone of Joe Damone Photography

A long-stalled conversation about sharing school services is being revived at a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Delaware County village of Margaretville, prompted by the departure of Margaretville Central School's superintendent this fall. 

The meeting, initially intended as a discussion about Margaretville's next superintendent, has become an impromptu regional summit on the painful issue of rising costs and declining enrollment in Catskills schools. Officials from four Catskills school systems in three counties will attend. 

No one in Margaretville has seriously considered sharing services since 2010, when a proposal to share sports teams with the neighboring Andes Central School caused an uproar.   Read more

Cops arrest six in Sidney narcotics bust; find drugs, cash and $7,000 in pure silver

Photos via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

A months-long investigation into heroin, cocaine and prescription drug dealing in the Delaware County town of Sidney led to six arrests and the recovery of a trove of cash, drugs and $7,000 in pure silver on Friday, Oct. 17, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Police obtained grand jury indictments for five people in the Sidney area, charging them with selling controlled substances in the town and village of Sidney between June and Oct. 2014.

On Friday afternoon, armed with a search warrant and an indictment charging Gabriel V. Bonacci with selling heroin in Sidney on two occasions in July, police raided Bonacci's house on County Highway 23 in the town of Sidney. Bonacci has a prior drug conviction from 1998, according to the press release.  Read more

Works Flying the Coop!!!

Oh, my, my...Works are already flying the coop! Seabirds by Inverna Lockpez flying back to northern FL...gorgeous abstract paintings by Michael Rich scheduled for pick up Nov. 29...Gail Rothschild/Christie Scheele making pick up appointments...Come see! Come see! Come see our brilliant group exhibition before we go "appointment only" and 49 Main, downstairs is personed by another proprietor, a new business...Come see!

Chace-Randall Gallery, 49 Main Street, Andes, NY,  presents Curator's Choice 2014 through November 30 Only. Kindly watch for our December weekend Sale of some Private Collection and Gallery furnishings.

Gallery Hours: Sat and Holiday Fridays 11 - 5/Sun and Holiday Mondays 11 - 4

For more information: [email protected] or 917.753.3605

Shoot us an email and join our mailing list for future Art Parties/Pop-Ups and General News!

Always with gratitude and kind regards, Zoe Randall, Owner/Director Chace-Randall Gallery


And The Tipped Their Wings, oil and wax on canvas by Michael Rich  Read more

Police: Knife-wielding driver held passenger hostage before crashing on Route 28

A 22-year-old Monroe man driving on Route 28 through the Delaware County towns of Bovina and Delhi held his passenger hostage with a knife before she grabbed the wheel and crashed the car on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 16, according to Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond.

Left: James D. Garcia. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

James D. Garcia and his girlfriend got into a domestic dispute in his car while driving south through Delh, DuMond saidi. Garcia threatened the woman with a knife as they drove.

The women secretly called 911 on her cell phone, had a short conversation with the dispatcher, and then Garcia threw the phone on the floor of the car in an attempt to end the call. The phone stayed on as the couple drove on, the altercation escalating as they did so.   Read more

Mirror Beer Signs at the Blue Barn

Just arrived at our shores …..
3 framed mirror beer signs…….

St. Pauli Girl, German Beer
Beck ‘s, German Beer
Molson, Canadian Beer

Can be viewed and purchased at Lyon Mountain Blue Barn Antiques
2527 Roses Brook Rd., Hobart, NY 13788

New York Times' "Living City" explores NYC's water supply

Up here in the Catskills, in the heart of New York City's vast rural watershed, it's impossible to forget that one lives in the middle of the city's water supply. The city's huge reservoirs dominate the landscape. Watershed affairs dominate local politics. New York City's watershed police patrol along sleepy back roads a hundred miles from Manhattan.

For most downstate New Yorkers, though, water is just a thing that comes out of the tap. This week, the New York Times introduced its readers to their astonishing water system in "Living City," a video series that explores some of the wonders of urban engineering that make life in our nation's largest city possible.  Read more

Don't tread on me (or my lawn)

Photo by Flickr user Timothy Allen

On Monday, Oct. 13, the citizens of the Delaware County town of Walton rose up in opposition to a proposed law that would have capped the height of grass and weeds in the town to ten inches, according to the Walton Reporter

The proposed amendment was prompted by complaints about one particular house on East River Road.

But at Monday's town council meeting, multiple Walton residents criticized the idea of making rules about tall grass. 

Some used pretty high-flown rhetoric, the Reporter reports:  Read more

Get Away Or Better Yet Stamford!

Price: $279,000
MLS: 97120
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Sq Feet: 2365
Lot Size: 6.74 Acres
Year Built: 1988

The town of Stamford NY is the place to hang your hat & call in HOME. The hills are alive (as the song goes) & your heart will sing when you see this 4 BR 2 full BA dwelling. The setting is deliriously delicious. Private as can be with a pond that will put you in a trance of relaxation. 6.74 acres is just right, mountain views, big sky & rolling hills all add to this perfect painting. Flowing floor plan leads to the kitchen with quality Woodmode cabinets & Florida/sun room featuring tongue & groove vaulted ceiling +12 Marvin windows & screens. You can always enjoy the Catskills in this room no matter the weather! The lower level BR features french doors leading to a bluestone patio & that POND! In fact enjoy views from every room in the house. The den has an 11' bar already plumbed for a wet bar. Entertain if you dare to share the treasure you have discovered, or keep it to yourself. Snowmobile, ski, hike, bike, fish or just enjoy doing absolutely nothing.  Read more

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