Margaretville boys head to Crossover

By John Bernhardt
Phase One of the Margaretville Blue Devils 2012 boys’ soccer season is in the books. The Blue Devils closed the door on a stellar regular season last week by finishing unbeaten at 13-0-2.
Phase Two will unfold Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta when the Upper Division Champions face Mountain Division Champion South Kortright for the Delaware League title.

Thomas Stratton paintings at CWC

Margaretville — An exhibition of watercolors, acrylics and oils by artist Thomas Stratton is now on view at the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), 905 Main Street, Margaretville.
The work will be displayed through the end of December and can be seen weekdays (except holidays) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Margaretville eCenter site set to open

By Geoff Samuels
Any one familiar with Main Street Margaretville knows that the old three-story building, formerly housing the thrift store, has changed in appearance. This Civil War era structure will soon be reborn as the new Margaretville eCenter. A help-wanted ad for an “incubator coordinator” in the September 19 issue of this paper was the most recent tip-off for the opening.

New staff welcomed at Margaretville

There are four new faces gracing the halls of Margaretville Central School this fall, making welcome additions to the faculty and staff.

A 2007 graduate of Downsville Central School, Karley Morgans joins the Margaretville faculty as the new Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher.

Margaretville students take aim at new skills in archery class

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville students in grades 6-12 are participating in an innovative physical education experience via the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®).
The archery program is designed to provide a complete overview of the sport, including history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core-strengthening physical fitness and self-improvement.

Heavy rainfall raised flooding fears

By Geoff Samuels
Last week Tuesday’s heavy rain flooded the Catskills with the unhappy reminder of what happened here just a little more than a year ago.

And anyone watching TV a tad before nine o’clock on Tuesday night, heard not only the torrent coming down outside, but the “beep, beep, beep” and saw a red screen saying “flash flood warning for Margaretville” and “flood crest expected around the 11-foot level with possible flooding in low lying areas.” That warning screen sent an undeniable chill down more than just a few local people’s spines.

Margaretville facelift plans on back burner

By Geoff Samuels
New sidewalks, lighting and trees that were slated for the Village of Margaretville this fall have been officially “put on the back burner” until next spring.

The project will likely undergo some type of reorganization with the introduction of a project supervisor to oversee the work. Although at the special village board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12, it seemed likely that things were ready to roll pending some final bids, evidently there were too many loose ends for the project to proceed.

Barns take a bow at Cauliflower Fest

Margaretville — Barns, those icons of rural life that have long defined the landscape of the Catskills, will be the focus of the History Tent at the Ninth Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival to be held rain or shine Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the village park, Margaretville.
The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will present the results of a three-year photographic survey of 210 standing barns in Middletown and contiguous areas of Roxbury, Hardenburgh, Andes and Halcott.

MCS Blue Devils win own tourneys

By John Bernhardt
There’s no place like home. That may have been the motto of this fall’s annual Nelson and Cohen soccer tournaments. Margaret- ville’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams followed similar scripts in keeping this year’s tourney championship trophies at home.

It was ladies first, with the Lady Devils paving the way during tournament play. The girls dominated visiting Coleman in opening round play of the Cohen Classic Thursday night with a 7-0 win, setting the table for a 9-0 boys’ rout of Tri-Valley in Nelson opening round action the following night.

Swart Street bridge to be replaced in spring

By Brian Sweeney
The bridge spanning Swart Street in Margaretville bridge is scheduled for replacement next April, Mayor Bill Stanton confirmed this week.

The bridge has sustained damage from floods in 2004, 2006 and was again hard-hit by the historic August 28, 2011 flood. The latest flood blew a hole in the bridge just below the area that had been repaired on the southern end of the bridge.

After the latest flood, the bridge was initially set up for one-way traffic until additional damage developed and the entire structure was shut down.

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