School candidates runs unopposed; another candidate sought for MCS

By Pauline Liu
Most of the school board candidates for the Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury school districts will be running unopposed on Tuesday, May 15.

That’s when school district voters across New York are being asked to cast their ballots for new school budgets and school-board members. Two of the candidates are incumbents. A third candidate is a newcomer. The fourth candidate will run as a write-in.       

Meet the candidates on May 7 at MCS

By Brian Sweeney
A “Meet the Candidates Night” will be hosted by the Margaretville Central School PTA on May 7 at 6 p.m. in the board room. 

Kate Van Benschoten of Margaretville has filed a petition to run as a candidate for the seat vacated by longtime board of education member Barbara Funck.  Mrs. Funck has decided not to seek another term.

Superintendent Tony Albanese said that a second board seat is open and will also be filled on May 15, the date of the budget vote.  Mrs. Robbie Martin is currently serving in this board-appointed seat. 

Eye-opening restoration at theater

By Pauline Liu
The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville is preparing for its first theatrical production since the raging floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene destroyed much of the building eight months ago.
A tour of the extensive restoration at The Open Eye is an eye opening experience. “It’s thrilling to me to see how far it’s come,” said Director Amie Brockway. “Not so long ago, it was an empty bombed out shell. Now, it’s a theater again. We’re looking forward to a full schedule of programs after reopening.”

'Once Upon a Mattress' plays this weekend at MCS

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School Scitamard Society Presents “Once Upon a Mattress” on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

The MCS version of the play stars Sarah Fairbairn as Princess Winnifred, Caleb Todd as Prince Dauntless, Alexis Molnar as Queen Aggravain, James Warner as King Sextimus the Silent, Rhiannon Kearns as Lady Larken, Garrett Johnson as Sir Harry, Erin Filupeit as the Minstrel, Sarah Hagakore as the Jester and Julian Rauter as the Wizard. 

Timberland Properties to join MLS

Margaretville — Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, the largest area real estate agency with offices in Margaretville, Delhi, and Stamford, recently announced its intention to join the Otsego-Delaware Multiple Listing Service.

“The Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties team, through its promotional tools, consistently sells more properties in the Catskill region,” said company president and principal broker Eric Wedemeyer. “The MLS and will be two additional ways to market our listings.”

Honor students named at Margaretville Central

Margaretville — Margaretville Central School has announced its Honor Rolls for third marking period of the 2011-12 school year.

Those students earning spots on the Principal’s List include:
12th Grade: Erin Filupeit and Katelynn Mauro.
11th Grade: Raeann Bond, Sean Gauntt, Megan Mauro, Diane Perez and Theresa Svoboda.
9th Grade: Rhiannon Kearns, Alana Moskowitz, Julian Rauter and Pauline Sealtiel.
8th Grade: Daniel Conroy, Carly Shultis and Dillon VanKeuren.
7th Grade, Bianca Molnar, Kaylee Sanford, Courtney Scheffler, Jeanine Sealtiel and Katlynn Shamro.

Hull leads Devils to win over 'Cats

Staff report
Command of the strike zone is a softball difference maker. Monday in Margaretville, Danielle Hull had it. The pitchers from Davenport did not.

Hull threw strikes the entire night, striking out seven Wildcats and walking only two. Davenport handed out 14 free passes with nine of the Blue Devil recipients eventually reaching home base as the Blue Devils downed their guests 17-6.

ASHRAM center celebrates grand reopening

Margaretville — The Academy Street Healing Recreation Art and Movement Center (ASHRAM) first opened its doors on Memorial Day weekend 2010, offering yoga and palates classes.

Car crashes into Margaretville Post Office; no injuries reported

By Brian Sweeney
A patron barely jumped to safety when a car crashed through the Margaretville Post Office lobby on Monday morning.

Tammy Alvarado of Shokan was sorting mail at a desk in the lobby shortly before 10 a.m. when Margaretville resident Hannah Tanzer, 76, lost control of her car and the vehicle crashed through the doorway and wound up completely in the lobby.

Hearing a crash, Mrs. Alvarado said she looked up and watched the Tanzer vehicle breaking through the glass door and heading directly at her.

Non-teaching jobs cut to trim MCS budget

By Pauline Liu
Two-and-a-half non-teaching jobs have been cut from Margaretville Central School District’s new $10.4 million budget, which also includes a 2.04 percent tax levy increase.  An additional position will be eliminated through retirement. 

The MCS Board of Education unanimously approved the 2012-13 budget at a meeting on Monday night. The new budget calls for a two-tenths-of-one percent increase or a $20,954 increase in spending over last year’s budget.

Some members acknowledged the tough choices that were made.

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