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Country Views Magazine Winter Issue Fall 2018

Longwood Gardens Alpacas Solos’s Music Off Grid Living Oneonta Living in Style Antique 5 30 6 0years Center CVM.

Salon & Spa Annette’s Antiques

Rusty and Jewel

30 Years 1989-2019

Country Views Realty

Tracy Boomhower, Realtor President Columbia, Greene County Board of Realtors Check my website for complete details on this Great listing

11154 State Route 32, Greenville, NY 12083 518-495-9464 Cell Tracy Boomhower, ABR,GRI

Country Views Realty

The owner of this lovely property did the hard work so you can enjoy! The living space of this 14yo home has been completely redone and is in unbelievable MOVE IN condition! New floors, new redesigned floor plan, new kitchen, new stainless steel appliances and two new bathrooms. Just imagine sitting on the front porch looking at those VIEWS! The back deck overlooks nice fields and is perfect for BBQ dinners! HORSES? No worries, we have that covered too. There is a 36x75 horse barn and the 10 acres has 4 water spigots strategically placed. The wood for the stalls is behind this barn that already has water and electric. Owner has the hookup installed for an outdoor wood furnace (sold separately). EZ commute to Albany.


518-827-5955 Main Street, Middleburgh, NY

Chris and Jen welcome you with fine food & beverage


Alpacas …………………………………………. 8 Off Grid living ………………………………….. 26 Living In Style ………………………………….. 34 CVM. 30 Years …………………………………. 56

Cover Photo by Jacalyn Roland

CountryViews Magazine has been published since 1989.All contents are copyright and may not be duplicated in any way without the written permission of the owner/ publisher, Lance Manning. 518-894-9333

Bonnie Spencer’s Alpacas

It started with a visit to the Cobleskill Fair and after 11 years Bonnie’s 15 acre farm is home to 13 Alpacas. “I decided to start with 2 males and later 2 more males and 2 females. “

Soon Bonnie got a few from Wes Laraway of Middleburgh, who also operates an animal rescue.

The alpaca  (Vicugna pacos) is a species of  South American  camelid. It is similar to, and often confused with, the  llama. However, alpacas are often noticeably smaller than llamas. The two animals are closely related and can successfully cross-breed. Alpacas and llamas are also closely related to the  vicuña, which is believed to be the alpaca's wild ancestor, and to the  guanaco. There are two breeds of alpaca: the  Suri alpaca and the Huacaya alpaca.

These Alpacas are curious and friendly.

Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes  of Southern Peru, Western Bolivia, Ecuador, and Northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500  m (11,500  ft) to 5,000  m (16,000  ft) above sea level.  Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they were not bred to be working animals but were bred specifically for their fiber.  Alpaca fiber  is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to sheep's  wool. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles and  ponchos  in South America, and sweaters, socks, coats and bedding in other parts of the world. The fiber comes in more than 52 natural colors as classified in Peru, 12 as classified in Australia, and 16 as classified in the United States.

Alpacas communicate through body language. The most common is spitting when they are in distress, fearful, or mean to show dominance Male alpacas are more aggressive than females, and tend to establish dominance of their herd group. In some cases, alpha males will immobilize the head and neck of a weaker or challenging male in order to show their strength and dominance. In the  textile  industry, "alpaca" primarily refers to the hair of Peruvian alpacas, but more broadly it refers to a style of fabric originally made from alpaca hair, such as  mohair,  Icelandic sheep  wool, or even high-quality wool from other breeds of sheep. In trade, distinctions are made between alpacas and the several styles of mohair and luster.

Alpaca fleece is a lustrous and silky natural  fiber. While similar to sheep's wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and bears no lanolin, which makes it  hypoallergenic  without lanolin, it does not repel water. It is also soft and luxurious. In physical structure, alpaca fiber is somewhat akin to hair, being very glossy.  The preparing,  carding,  spinning,  weaving  and finishing process of alpaca is very similar to the process used for wool. Alpaca fiber is also flame-resistant, and meets the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's standards.

Bonnie sits at her kitchen table and enjoys the fruits of her labor and love for her discovery of these ancient creatures who bring pleasure and purpose to her special corner of the world.

The Left Bank Romantic French Decor & Shabby Chic

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Hidden Memories

143 Main Street Worcester New York, 12197 Antiques, collectibles & more


Off Grid Living in Style May Be the Future of Housing

True off-the-grid lifestyle dream location is a true mobile house. It can be placed or relocated easily and fast.This off-the-grid house doesn’t need a foundation, just a flat ground surface. ANY FLAT SURFACE. REALLY. Water tanks, solar energy battery storage, and autonomous sewage all come with the house. So, it is possible to live in any location you have ever dreamed of.


unlimited energy is absolutely self-sustainable and off-the-grid. This home doesn’t need to be connected to electricity, water, or sewage. No propane tanks, no firewood. Only clean energy and sustainability as a core focus. Off-grid solar power, water generation from air condensation, and autonomous sewage – can make your life more comfortable everywhere without limits and without bills, saving you up to $3600 in annual energy costs!

Smart space design simple and perfect This autonomous house is designed for comfort. It is preequipped with everything you need – furniture, fully equipped kitchen, Sonos speaker system, Nest camera, thermostat, Apple TV, 100″ projector screen, 24/7 internet connection, and even a fingerprint door-lock. is where you can find more information on how to secure your new off-grid home. It is completely designed for you and delivered to your site. Nothing is left out. This company even includes the wine glasses. These home designs are likely to be the future of affordable housing. The future may require living in a climate without the fear of losing control over your environment. These well designed homes may provide you with comfort and peace of mind.


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Professional Design

“Service Is Our Speciality� 111 Barnerville Road

Cobleskill, NY 12043

Phone: 518-234-4442 Fax: 518-234-4925 Email: Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 (M-F)


Living in Style and Comfort Indoors and Out

If you’ve always wanted to live in a comfortable home with solid interiors and an outdoor environment that provides views, gardens, and a pool, just take a look at what is available in a great rural community. The community is Westerloo, New York and the comfort is offered by Caldwell Banker Prime Properties.

Tucked stylishly next to the main house is a suite perfect for guests or a place for parents, or a recent grad waiting for that perfect job.

Just in the rear of the house is a wonderful pool framed by a brick wall. A restful gazebo provides a place to relax with a cold iced tea or some freshly squeezed lemonade.

You immediately know this is a home of style as soon as you open the front door and step inside.

The exterior is inviting. The feeling of the home from the outside is one of a solid foundation. The interior is certainly reflective of modern living in a historic setting. It truly is country living in style and comfort. Caldwell Banker Prime Properties.

560 Salon & Spa is so much more than a place to get an amazing new look, fabulous massage, or pampering treatment for your hands and feet! It is a gathering place, filled with gentle souls who share life stories, moments of celebration, express thoughts and ideas. We welcome your visit with open arms, a warm cup in your hand, with devotion to serve you!

560 Main Street, Cobleskill, New York 12043 518-234-2232


Country Views Magazine December 1989 December 2019

It was December 1989 when I decided to publish a small regional magazine. It was a hard copy publication. The stories were about people, places and events. I found a local printer in the village of Interlaken, New York. During those early days every word of every story had to be typed on bond paper and then attached to copy board using a hot wax machine. Each layout was placed on large sheets and then photographed on a metal plate, the plate was attached to a printing press and page by page it was printed. Each sheet containing four pages front and back had to be hand collated and then saddle stitched. I remember the smell of the ink on the paper and the sound of the stitching machine. It was a very hands on operation, I had 1000 copies printed. I distributed the magazine by placing them in shops and locations throughout the local area. The price was one dollar. That first issue sold out in about two weeks. A few months later subscription requests started coming in the mail. As month after month went on issue after issue was produced. Copies of Country Views Magazine were mailed to other states. The magazine kept growing.

Country Views Magazine expanded into Antiques, Art, and other special subjects.

A friendly welcoming wave from antique dealerJackie Roland

As Country Views Magazine grew I soon had to find a larger printer. I contacted an old friend who had a large commercial printing plant in Miami, Florida. Country Views Magazine was soon being printed on the same presses that were printing national magazines. At the same time computers were expanding printing and the Internet was coming into being. It was my printer who eventually told me that I should take the magazine online through the Internet. I followed his advice and today Country Views Magazine is not only read locally but has a national and International readership. After 30 years another change is about to take place. But that announcement will wait a while longer. What follows are some of my favorite covers.

A very old shoe under glass. There may be a story here.

I have enjoyed producing CVM over thirty years. I particularly love photography and although older, I look forward to tomorrow.


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Richmondville Antique Center ask for Pam or Karen one of the twins

Open Fri-Sun 9-5 Just off Exits 20 and 21 NYS Interstate 88 West of Cobleskill, NY

Antiques - Collectibles - Old Tools - Sports Cards Furniture Large collection of milk bottles - Signs & more‌.

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