Author of 'The Best Color' to sign Saturday at Bibliobarn

Margaretville — The Bibliobarn, located behind the Commons building on Main Street, will host a book signing and reception for Fleischmanns author Barbara Taff and her book, The Best Colors, on Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m.

The Best Colors, written and illustrated by local artist Barbara Taff, is a fun story for children to learn about diversity and teamwork through color mixing.

Open Eye auditions for 'Shortcuts'

Margaretville — Following the popular success of “Summer Shortcuts” in August 2011, The Open Eye Theater producing artistic director Amie Brockway has announced a new program of very short plays to open Thursday August 9, and run Thursday through Sunday for two weekends.

There will be a dozen or so 10-minute plays selected from more than a hundred submissions from all over the US. Some of the selected plays are written by area playwrights.

MCS lists honor students for fourth quarter

Margaretville Central School has announced its Honor Rolls for the fourth quarter of the 2011/12 school year.

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.

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