Margaretville

Officials still treading water over Margaretville Swart Street bridge repairs

By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville residents, who have been waiting since 2011 to be able to drive over the Swart Street Bridge, will have to continue waiting and Delaware County, which owns the bridge, still doesn’t know how much longer that wait will be.
Bridge to Nowhere: When it comes to getting around Swart Street, you still have to drive around your elbow to get to your thumb. The bridge fix is still up in the air, almost three years later. Photo by Joe MoskowitzBridge to Nowhere: When it comes to getting around Swart Street, you still have to drive around your elbow to get to your thumb. The bridge fix is still up in the air, almost three years later. Photo by Joe Moskowitz


MCS bus purchase wins by three votes

By Joe Moskowitz
By a scant three-vote margin, residents of the Margaretville Central School District approved the purchase of a new school bus last week Tuesday.
Usually, a school bus vote passes easily but this time the vote was shrouded in controversy.


John Hubbell elected new Margaretville Village trustee in vigorous write-in campaign

By Joe Moskowitz
An unusually spirited write-in campaign resulted in the election of a new trustee in the Village of Margaretville on Tuesday.
Village resident John Hubbell received 58 write-in votes to earn a seat on the board. Incumbent trustee Dave Budin, who was the only candidate on the ballot, received 40 votes, enough to retain his seat.
Other write-in candidates who received votes included Lou Hamway with 20, Andrew Weiss with three, Robert Manshaffer with two, and Fred Miller and Lauren Davis, who received one vote each. A total of 76 votes were cast.


Grandy art opening at Fairview Library on Saturday

Elaine Grandy will be hosting an art opening on at the Fairview Public Library on Saturday, March 22 from 12:30-2 p.m. The public welcome. The library is located at 43 Walnut Street, Margaretville. Info: 845 586-3791.


Pitching and defense will be key for MCS softball team

By John Bernhardt
With a blanket of snow covering the ground and temperatures that rarely move above the freezing level, it takes forward vision to play and coach high school softball or baseball in the Catskills.
Unlike soccer in the fall or basketball in the winter, spring sport athletes prepare to play their sport of choice in a secondary venue. Sometimes the first time a local high school baseball or softball team will step on their outdoor diamond is Opening Day, the first time they compete in a game that season.


MCS baseball team will need players to step up

According to Margaretville baseball coach John Bernhardt, how well his kids pitch and play defense will determine how competitive the Blue Devils will be on the baseball field this spring.
“Almost every team in the league brings a solid pitching ace, and we’re no exception,” Bernhardt explained. “In some respects the quality of the number two and three arms on every team is going to determine which clubs compete at the top of the league.”
Senior Kyle Short returns for his fourth varsity season, his third as the ace of the Margaretville pitching staff.


MCS seeks to close projected budget gap

By Joe Moskowitz
The State of New York is working on a new budget, and for the first time in years, the state may have a budget surplus. Margaretville Central School Superintendent Tony Albanese is also working on a new budget.
He needs to find a way to close a $174,000 gap and is hoping to do it by getting the state to stop making schools pay for the state’s fiscal troubles from previous years.
Since the 2009-10 school year, the state has taken back $2.4 million in state aid that was promised the school. The process is known as Gap Elimination.


Margaretville Village working on a taxpayer-friendlier budget this year

By Joe Moskowitz
Village of Margaretville officials are working on a fiscal year 2014-15 budget that will be much friendlier to taxpayers than was last year’s package.
The tentative budget calls for a total tax hike of only $7,339, or 1.98 percent. Last year’s preliminary spending plan called for a whopping 25 percent tax increase. It was finally whittled down to a still-frightening 14.54 percent increase.


MCS PTA holds info session on Common Core March 10

The Margaretville Central School Parent Teachers Association (PTA) will host an informational Common Core Curriculum meeting on Monday, March 10 at 6 p.m. in the school library.
Parents of MCS students, and the general public, are invited to attend.
Attendees will learn how the Common Core Modules are being taught and parents will get the resources they need to help their child at home.


MCS teacher raising funds to frame student artwork

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School teacher Michele Dietz is hoping that community members will assist with her efforts to raise funds to permanently frame student artwork.
Ms. Dietz, who teaches art in grades K-8, has launched an online campaign via donorschoose.org to purchase quality frames to enhance the presentation of a permanent collection of student art creations. Some of the frames would also be utilized when student artwork is hung at various locations throughout the community.


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