The news is out! This spring will bring Two Old Tarts to Andes! If you’ve never been to the Two Old Tarts in Bovina, you are in for a real treat, and we are so happy they are coming to Andes. Read more about it here in the Watershed Post.
This spring will bring construction of another new hiking trail in Andes…
This one on Palmer Hill, starting at the scenic overlook on Finkle Road and Rt 28. Keep your eyes out for the opening of the trail, and contact the Catskill Mountain Club if you’d like to help build it!
Want to learn more about cycling in the Catskills? Check out a great post from Anton Tutter, co-author a cycling blog, Riding the Catskills, which chronicles off-the-beaten-path cycling routes in the region. In this post, he shares his adventures cycling over some beautiful, rugged Delaware County roads as he “pass hunts” his way from Bloomville to Bovina to Andes and back to Bloomville. His description and photos will have you longing for bicycling weather – as if this winter wasn’t already doing that for some. Check out other rides in the Catskills at the rest of the website as well.
Last summer, Anton wrote: I recently rode a hilly 45-mile route that connects three neighboring villages to retrace childhood memories; each holds fond memories for me. But more relevant to this post, cycling between these villages is a fun adventure in pass hunting– the sport of riding over mountain passes towards a goal of having completed a defined number of passes within a region. Popular in France (rules of the game), it’s gaining popularity here in the US. It’s sort of the cycling equivalent of hiking clubs, where the goal is to have hiked over a defined group of mountain peaks. So instead of following major roads between the villages that skirt around and thereby avoid the mountains, I opt to ride up and over the mountains along the most remote, least traveled mountain passes and carriage roads I can find, choosing dirt over pavement wherever possible.
Read the rest of this great post here. Check out the other great posts on Riding the Catskills as well.
In the meantime, there’s lots going on at the Andes Hotel and in the other great places around town.
Town Council & Assessor Candidates To Discuss Election Issues
Our deep thanks to photographer and food writer Ulla Kjarval for exploring and writing about our brand new trail in Andes. (Our thanks to her for alerting us, too!) One of her great photos from her hike below… This is a wonderful new trail that courtesy of the vision and hard work of the Catskill Mountain Club and the NYC DEP.
Click here for Ulla’s whole article!
Photo by Ulla Kjarval
Posted in Amazing People, Andes, Community, Fun, NY, Press, Recreation, Tourism, Waterways
Tagged Andes, Catskill Mountain Club, DEP, hiking, NYC Watershed, Pepacton Reservoir, Shavertown, Shavertown Trail, Ulla Kjarval
Take Action: You can help stop the permitting of an interstate gas pipeline in western Delaware County that, if allowed to happen, might in time, bring fracking to many parts of the county.
Even if fracking never occurs on your property, your lifestyle and property values will be degraded. By acting now you could protect your legal right for compensation.
Read more here
Andes Works! member Bob Lidsky owns property that is on the route of the proposed Constitution Pipeline. Here is his response to the company’s offer to buy a right of way — please read if you or anyone you know is near a pipeline route!
WHY EMINENT DOMAIN IS THE BEST OPTION
I own land, directly in the path of the proposed Constitution Pipeline. The property is quite hilly and has beautiful views. There is one small area near the top, which has a gradual enough slope to build a home.
Last December, Constitution asked for permission to survey. Their map shows the pipeline running directly through the only area suitable for building, siting a septic field, driveway and home. I realized that the pipeline if built would render my property, un-buildable, un-mortgage-able, un-insurable, and nearly worthless.
I Joined Stop The Pipeline and refused permission to survey. Over the next few months I learned a lot about Williams, Constitution, FERC, and the politics of pipelines and eminent domain.
Then I received Constitution’s offer for their completely one-sided right of way agreement. They say their limited-time initial offer is for 3 times the value of the right of way. Yet it represents only 15% of the value of the land. Their terms are ominous- a virtual minefield of legal traps. And attached is a thinly veiled, threatening letter explaining that if I do not agree they will take the right of way, against my wishes, by using Eminent Domain.
SIGN-OR ELSE! What should I do? Continue reading
Posted in Activism, Amazing People, Community, Fracking, Fracking and Real Estate, Legislation, National, NY, Our Neighbors, Pipelines, Property Rights, Property Value
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