Former Margaretville attorney pleads guilty

By Jay Braman Jr.
Dales Hughes, a former Margaretville attorney, faces up to one year in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling over $220,000 from an Ulster County volunteer fire company.
On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Hughes made a plea of guilty to a charge of second-degree grand larceny. The tentative plea agreement, reached with the Ulster County District Attorney, allows Hughes to serve up to one year in jail and avoid a tougher sentence. His alleged crime could bring a sentence of between five and 15 years in prison without a plea bargain.

Village board battles with DEP over sewer extensions

By Geoff Samuels
A vote to change the wording in an amendment to section 3.07 of the sewer-use law took place at the Margaretville Village Board Meeting last Thursday night.

Devils earn DCS Tourney crown

By John Bernhardt
The Margaretville Blue Devils knew Roscoe guards Rob Taurino and Marc Rosario could wheel and deal in the open court. Taurino and Rosario had teamed with the five Blue Devil starters as part of a Margaretville AAU team last spring.

The Blue Devils reveled then when Taurino went on a “crazy” scoring run or Rosario pulled a rebound off the defensive boards and went coast to coast for a lay-up. But, Saturday in Downsville, the Blue Devils found themselves plotting to find a way to slow down Roscoe’s offensive duo.

Roscoe in front

MCS weighs measures to tighten security

By Joe Moskowitz
It happened in the quiet, safe community of Newtown, Connecticut, and now schools across the country are re-examining their safety plans just in case someone in their community is considering the unthinkable.

Margaretville Central School District Superintendent Tony Alabanese says, “In one blink of an eye all that is common that you believe in, becomes uncommon.”

MCS boys post hoop victories

By John Bernhardt
The Margaretville Blue Devils found themselves at the top of the Delaware League’s Upper Division Friday night after a 48-42 win on the road in Stamford.

The win concluded a harrowing week of basketball that saw the Blue Devils survive a scare with an overtime win in Davenport and then come from behind in the second half to down Stamford.

Auxiliary seeks helping hands

By Brian Sweeney
The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center is seeking a few good men and women to help strengthen the organization’s outstanding volunteer efforts.
For nearly half-a-century, auxiliary volunteers have worked as fund-raisers on behalf of the hospital. The group’s efforts have also benefitted the hospital’s sister facility, Mountainside Residential Care Center, which was established in 1994.

Parents air safety concerns at MCS board meeting

By Geoff Samuels
At the Margaretville Central School Board of Education meeting on December 19, a handful of parents expressed their anxiety over their children’s safety at school in light of the recent shootings in Newtown, CT.

Faith Wayman of Arkville, the first parent at to speak, wanted to know what the current safety guidelines were at the school and if there were any “emergency plans in place.”

Lorraine Mitchell ordained a deacon at Holy Innocents

Halcottsville — Lorraine Anne Mitchell of Queensbury was ordained a Deacon at Holy Innocents Cathedral on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Bishop Francisco Betancourt, FCR was the ordaining bishop. In attendance were Lori’s parents,  Doreen and Robert Mitchell, relatives, friends and Holy Innocents parishioners.  

Children's program planned at Fairview library

The Fairview Public Library in Margaretville will be offering two special programs for children during the December vacation. One program will be in the library and the second program will be in the Community Room, the building next to the library

Pre-School Story Time will be held on Thursday, December 27, 11 am. Children and their parents are invited to join us for a reading of Henry and Mudge and The Snowman Plan by Cynthia Rylant and a snowman craft. This program will be held in the Children’s Room. No advanced registration is required.

SADD Chapter reactivated at MCS

By Brian Sweeney
The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group has been reactivated this year at Margaretville Central School.

Fifteen students have volunteered to participate in the nationally known organization. The group’s goal is to raise awareness of the consequences of choices made by students and adults.
“What we’re trying to do as a Margaretville chapter is to clearly be positive social role models for the people in our school,” explained MCS history teacher and SADD Advisor Brigitte Nagle. “It’s about doing something good.”

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