MCS Band earns silver rating at festival

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Central School Junior/Senior Band earned a Silver Rating at New York State School Music Association Major Organization Festival (NYSSMA) on May 16.

The Silver Rating from the judges indicates that the students “have demonstrated an excellent level of technical and artistic skill in each of the evaluated categories.”
MCS Band Teacher Cassandra Olin said that she and the ensemble members were proud of their achievement.

'Coastlands' opens Saturday at Longyear

Margaretville — Opening this week on Thursday at The Longyear Gallery is “Coastlands,” featuring the photographs of one of Longyear Gallery’s founding members, David Leveson, accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery artists. The artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 3-6 p.m.

“Coastlands” presents David Leveson’s photographs of the beaches, marshes, and dunes of Cape Cod, largely deserted in late autumn.

First elevated house goes up in Margaretville

By Pauline Liu
The house at 20 Swart Street in Margaretville is like no other, because its foundation has been elevated by four feet. The home, owned by Pam and Jim O’Neal, has caused many to simply stop and stare in amazement. It’s hard to miss, since it’s right next door to the Margaretville Telephone Company, so there’s plenty of traffic passing by. 
The house, where the O’Neals have lived for decades, is in the floodplain and was damaged by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene last August 28. 

Safety concerns

Freshtown opening this week

By Brian Sweeney
The Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville will reopen this week, nearly nine months after sustaining massive damage from last August’s historic flood.

PSK Supermarkets Vice President Dan Katz told the News on Monday that “we are aiming to reopen by mid- to late-week, but we are waiting on confirmations for certain equipment.”

Cheese Barrel bounces bacek

By Pauline Liu
Nearly nine months after the raging floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene swept through the Cheese Barrel and Gourmet Shop on Margaretville’s Main Street, owner Sue Ilho is back. The shop reopened on Saturday to rave reviews.

“Oh, wow!” shouted former neighbor John Kaufman. “ This is blowing my mind. It’s better than new. I’m in awe.”

Roxbury woman gets Mother's Day Surprise

By Brian Sweeney
A Roxbury woman received a wonderful Mother’s Day surprise when her daughter arrived home after a long deployment in Kuwait.

LTJG (Lieutenant junior grade) Trisha Kutkiewicz has been serving a United States Navy deployment for the past six months, but was able to obtain a leave to pay a surprise visit her mom, Sandy Kutkiewicz. Making the visit even more special is the fact that Sandy has been suffering from the effects of cancer treatments over the past five months.

Local pastor was honored

Father Dante Tarantini, FCR, co-pastor of Holy Innocents Cathedral in Halcottsville, was presented the Cross of Saint Charles during the General Assembly of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America on May 15.

The Cross of Saint Charles, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a priest of CACINA, is named after Saint Carlos Duarte Costa, the founder of CACINA. In presenting the award, Bishop Anthony Santore, FCR, the presiding bishop of the church, spoke of Father Dante’s dedication to both the national church and the faith community of Holy Innocents.

MCS baseball ends season at Doubleday

Staff report
Perhaps it was the spirit of playing baseball in a stadium where so many of professional baseball’s greats once played. Perhaps it was the traditions, the dignity, and the somber grace of a visit to a 73-year-old baseball cathedral.

Margaretville names top grads

Margaretville — Erin Filupeit has been named the valedictorian for the Margaretville Central School Class of 2012 and Katelynn Mauro is the class salutatorian.

As a student at MCS, Erin has loved keeping herself busy. She is able to maintain a high average while participating in numerous sports and activities.
She is a member of National Honor Society, Student Senate and Scitamard Society, holding an officer’s position in each organization

Faulkner named soccer MVP at SUNY Cobleskill

Cobleskill — The SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport and Exercise announced Tuesday that sophomore Erica Faulkner of Margaretville has been named the women’s soccer team’s Most Valuable Performer for the 2011 season. She was honored with the award at the department’s 2012 Athletic Awards Convocation.

The sophomore midfielder was a Third Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) scoring four goals and passing out one assist to lead the team in scoring with nine points on the year.

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