Margaretville carnival in town July 3-8

By Brian Sweeney
The annual Field Days hosted by the Margaretville Fire Department will be held from July 3-8 at the village park.

The Margaretville Fire Department (MFD) is celebrating its 125 anniversary this year and this year’s festivities will include a commemorative parade along Main Street on Saturday, July 7 starting at 11 a.m. The parade will include many other fire departments helping the MFD mark its anniversary. There will also be many floats and various parade participants. A truck and apparatus display will take place from noon- 4 p.m.

Living history Cemetery Tour set June 30

Margaretville — Ten area residents will portray people from Middletown’s past in a “Living History Tour of Margaretville Cemetery” to be held Saturday, June 30 by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM). Rain date is July 1.

Margaretville Cemetery is located on Cemetery Road, one block off upper Main Street (NYS Route 30).

This is an opportunity to enjoy a summer evening’s stroll through the historic park-like cemetery to get acquainted with some of the movers, shakers and just plain folk who populated Middletown’s colorful past.

MCS students head to Boys & Girls State

Margaretville — American Legion Post 216 has announced that Margaretville Central School Juniors Caleb Todd and Tess Svoboda will be attending the Boys and Girls State programs.
Boys State occurs from June 24 to the June 29 at SUNY Morrisville. Empire Girls State occurs from June 24 to June 30 at The College at Brockport, SUNY.

Building plan issues stop work on CVS

By Brian Sweeney
The rebuilding of the CVS Pharmacy in Margaretville has been halted, pending additional reviews of project plans.

Workers were preparing to begin work on the footings and foundation last week. The project was put on hold when it was discovered that the new structure did not meet the size requirements for replacing a building destroyed by flooding.

PSK Supermarkets owns the property that houses the CVS Pharmacy and the adjacent Freshtown Supermarket. Company Vice President Dan Katz told the News this week that he hopes the problems can be solved shortly.

Ribbon cutting June 22 at Freshtown

Margaretville — Freshtown owners, associates and community members will celebrate the re-opening of the Margaretville supermarket with a ribbon cutting on Friday, June 22 at 9 a.m. 

The market, which was devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last August, was closed for nine full months in the wake of the storm. The giant bear, which serves as the store’s “mascot,” was left standing in the storm making it, and the store’s re-opening, a symbol for many, of the community’s resilience.

MTC to relocate to Main Street

The Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) will be gaining much-needed space when its customer service operation relocates to Main Street.

The company recently purchased a building at 579 Main Street previously occupied by RETTEW Engineering. The property adjoins MTC’s longtime Swart Street location and will provide numerous benefits for the company.

General Manager Glen Faulkner said plans for the new building are still being developed, but he hopes that MTC’s customer service personnel will be working from the Main Street office by year’s end.

Margaretville gearing up for Main Street improvements

By Brian Sweeney
A new pedestrian bridge, sidewalk upgrades and landscape improvements will soon be incorporated along Margaretville’s Main Street.

The pedestrian walkway spanning the Binnekill stream is scheduled for installation on June 21. The walking bridge will be supported by new concrete abutments and will replace the bridge that was destroyed by flooding last August. This portion of the village project is being funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Bluegrass shows every Wednesday at CMCC

Margaretville — Catskill Mountain Christian Center (CMCC) is pleased to present the Bluegrass Mountain Summer Concert Series on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. through August 29.

Offered at no cost to the public, concerts will be held rain or shine, just bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Different Bluegrass bands will perform each week at this family-friendly event which is sure to be a fun, lively summertime experience for young and old alike.

MCS students win honors in Water Resources contest

By Brian Sweeney
Two Margaretville Central School fifth-graders were among the winners in the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s 26th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest.

The students, Cruz Garcia and Jackson Kowatch, traveled with their families to Citi Field in New York City on June 6 to participate in the awards ceremony. Cruz shook the hand of DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland and Jackson took to the stage to read his poem, “Trout in Water” to a large audience.

McIntosh Auction and Market bounces from flood

By Brian Sweeney
McIntosh Country Market and Auction has joined the growing list of flood-damaged businesses that have finally reopened.

Located at the intersection of Fair Street and Route 28 in Margaretville, the sprawling building was hard-hit by a wall of rushing water during the historic August 28 flood.

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