MCS schedules first practice for fall sports

Practice for fall sports programs at Margaretville Central School are scheduled to begin next week.
The schedule for the first practices follows:
• Boys’ Varsity Soccer on Monday, Aug. 13 at 7 a.m.
• Girls’ Varsity Soccer on Monday, Aug.13 at 6 p.m.
• Golf on Tuesday, August 14 at 11 a.m. at the Meadows Golf Center.
MCS Athletic Director Jeremey Marks reminded athletes that an updated sports physical is required to participate.

Binnekill stream repair funding is anticipated by officials

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville officials are awaiting formal approval of funding to make improvements that would again have water flowing through the Binnekill Stream.

Mayor Bill Stanton told a group of community leaders at a meeting on Monday that he was received a verbal commitment that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will allocate money for upgrading the bulkhead that allows water to flow into the Binnekill.

MCS grad rate up; district readies for new year

By Brian Sweeney
The graduation rate at Margaretville Central School improved to 92.1 percent during the 2011-12 academic year, school officials said recently.

Superintendent Tony Albanese provided the News with updates on a number of topics involving district matters.

The superintendent said the graduation rate improvement was welcome and that “we will always aspire to 100 percent graduation.”

He noted that graduation statistics for districts with smaller enrollments can present a distorted picture.

Audubon plans workshop series for landowners

Margaretville — A workshop for forest landowners in the Catskill Region will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Margaretville Fire Department, 77 Church Street.

Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. This is one of a series of workshops organized by Audubon New York in the largely forested regions of the state; similar workshops have been held in the Adirondack and Tug Hill regions.

Open Eye stages collage of short plays

Margaretville — Twelve short plays with titles including The Roxbury Boys; Curse the Darkness; The Guest List; The Last Customer; Lend Me a Mentor, and The Cat Fanciers will open as the production Summer Shortcuts II on Thursday, August 9 at The Open Eye Theater at 960 Main Street for eight performances.

In a mix of comedy and drama there will be three plays about a theme of “Friends,” three about “Family” and six about “Getting-to-Know-You.”

HSM seeks flea market items

Margaretville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will have a table at the Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Antique and Flea Market on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Margaretville Village Park. Proceeds from the table will go towards renovations of the HSM hall.

'Gone to Seed' show sprouts at Longyear

Margaretville — Beginning Thursday, July 26, The Longyear Gallery in Margaretville will feature “Gone To Seed,” an exhibit of works by artist Helene Manzo.

Accompanying her show will be a new group exhibit of work by all Longyear Gallery artists. The show runs through Sunday, Aug. 19, and the public is invited to attend the artist’s reception on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Historic Margaretville focus of slide show on July 25

Margaretville — The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will host a slide show of historic images of Margaretville Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at the HSM hall, 778 Cemetery Road, Margaretville. Admission is $2; HSM members get in free.

Halcottsville post card collector Lynda Stratton and her daughter, Kathy Roberts, have organized a program of some 200 images of buildings, street scenes, river views and localized greetings. They range from the 1890s to the 1970s.

Youth Theater Workshop at Open Eye on Saturday

Margaretville — The Open Eye Youth Theater Workshop “Read, Write, Play!” begins this Saturday, July 21, for children ages 5-9 and 10-18, at 960 Main Street, Margaretville.

Margaretville students traveled to Spain

By Brian Sweeney
A group of eight Margaretville students and two chaperones enjoyed a trip to Spain from July 2-9.
The trip was arranged by the Margaretville Student Travel Club and included visits to art museums, historic sites and several famed soccer stadiums.

The travelers also enjoyed a day at the beach in Barcelona, with a swim in the Mediterranean. Another unusual experience was taking flamenco dance lessons and then enjoying a show by dance professionals.

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