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.

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.”

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