Open Eye to create Shakespearean dinner experience

Margaretville — The historic Tudor flag will be hung in the lobby of Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club on Tuesday July 10, for the second A Midsummer Night’s Dinner where Shakespeare’s England will be recreated for the evening by The Open Eye Theater beginning at 6 p.m.

MFD started as "Thomas Winter Hook and Ladder Co."

The following account of the origins of the Margaretville Fire Department was originally printed in the Catskill Mountain News on Aug. 15, 1963.

Some time prior to September 30, 1887, a meeting of interested individuals was held to bring about the first organized firefighting unit in Margaretville. It was through the urging of Dr. J. H. Banker that this meeting was held; thus he is considered to the founder of the Margaretville Fire Department.

Kingston/Benedictine woes won't affect Margaretville Hospital

By Jay Braman Jr.
As Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley officials mull over the very real possibility of closing one of their two hospitals in Kingston, they made it clear last week that those financial problems will not have any effect on services offered at Margaretville Hospital or at Mountainside Residential Care Center.

The Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley owns and operates both facilities in Margaretville as well as the Kingston and Benedictine hospitals in Kingston.

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.

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