Donnie Liddle's Andes farm is home to a dozen donkeys

By Joe Moskowitz
If you happen to be driving on Dingle Hill road in Andes, and you hear something that doesn’t sound native to those parts, the noise just may be coming from one of Donnie Liddle’s donkeys.
Donnie started raising donkeys more than a decade ago. He originally bought two, one jack and one jennie, and before too long he had six.
Liddle, who retired from MTC in 2007, now has an even dozen, including two newborn foals. Over the years people have given him donkeys because they know he will take good care of them.

Play Bingo in Andes to aid Relay for Life

A Bingo game benefitting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life program will be held Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at The Andes Hotel.
The contests will feature prizes donated by area businesses and local celebrities will call the games.
There is a suggested donation of $3 per card or two cards for $5. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.
To reserve a spot, please call 845 676-3980.
The Andes Hotel is located at 110 Main Street, Andes.

Properly Chilled?

Chilled crossing guard: Photo by Dick SanfordChilled crossing guard: Photo by Dick Sanford

Crossing Guard Janice Armstrong of Andes, had the right idea, as she wisely layered herself against those balmy -2 degree temperatures on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Like the rest of us, we're sure she was very happy to get back to "room temperature."

Lanark Farm going strong after four decades

By Cheryl Petersen
Circa 1852, Scottish immigrant James Fletcher began farming between Margaretville and Andes. Years later, Tom Doig rode his horse over the hill from Gladstone Hollow and met Margaret Fletcher, one of the Fletcher daughters. Tom Doig proposed marriage to Margaret and the Doig name merged permanently to the farm, now known as Lanark Farm at the eastern foot of Palmer Hill on Route 28.

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.

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