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.

New lights and sidewalks to be installed in Margaretville

By Geoff Samuels
There’s more to a sidewalk than meets the eye! On Wednesday, Sept.12, the Margaretville Village Board held a special meeting to address questions about new sidewalks that are slated to be installed in the village next month.

Mayor Bill Stanton and Village Trustee Iris Mead explained to the small group that grant money had been received from the Smart Growth Program for this project, including new street lighting and new trees along Main Street.

Plein Air Paintings at Longyear

Margaretville — Opening this Thursday at the Longyear Gallery is “Plein Air Paintings,” an exhibit featuring the work of one of Longyear’s founding members, Margaret Leveson, accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery artists. The artist’s reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Margaretville gearing up for Cauliflower Fest

Margaretville — Pickin’, singin’ and dancin’ will make the East Branch Valley ring on Saturday, Sept. 29 when the home-grown Catskill Mountain Boys, and the Blue Ribbon Cloggers are featured at the Ninth Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the village park behind Freshtown.
The Catskill Mountain Boys (also known as Aurora North) is a bluegrass band that includes Todd Pascarella, John VanBenschoten, Mike Herman and Henry Hermann.

Downsville edges MCS in girls' soccer

Short in numbers but big in heart, Margaretville girls’ soccer coach Toni Smith is pleased with her team’s early season start. Saturday, the Blue Devils played without substitutes, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision in the championship game of the Downsville tournament. The loss was Margaretville’s first against two victories in the young season.

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