Margaretville

"Cricket on the Hearth" is a love story for the holidays

Margaretville — “To have a Cricket on the Hearth is the luckiest thing in all the world,” says Dot Peerybingle in The Open Eye Theater’s production of Charles Dickens’ “The Cricket on the Hearth,” opening Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville. 
The story, one of Dickens’ Christmas novellas, has been adapted for the stage by Amie Brockway, and is directed by Monica Wildermuth.  Adrienne J. Brockway has designed the set and lighting. 


Margaretville basketball preview: Boys' hoop team looks to gain experience

By Julia Green
After a 6-13 overall record in the 2007-08 season, the Margaretville Blue Devils are looking to a young squad to continue laying the foundation.
“Half our roster has not played a varsity game,” said MCS Head Coach Jeremey Marks. “But by the same token, a lot of those guys have had at least a year on JV, so they’re very capable players. It’s just a matter of defining our style, the kids buying into the system and committing to improve every day, and committing to playing tough defense and rebounding combined with a patient offense.”


Margaretville basketball preview: Lady Blue Devils prepare for season opener

By Julia Green
The hoop season is underway, and Margaretville girls’ basketball Head Coach Kyle Holden is optimistic about his Lady Devils’ chances this season.
The girls, who finished last season 9-11 overall and 7-7 in league play, return seven players from last year’s squad, three of them starters. In addition to a strong core of returners, the Lady Blue Devils have a healthy source of senior leadership in the form of five seniors this season, to whom Holden will be looking for leadership.


Holiday basketball tournament at MCS

The Margaretville Central School Booster Club will hold its 2nd Annual MCS Booster Club Holiday Basketball Tournament at MCS on Dec. 11 through 13. The tournament will again feature boys’ and girls’ brackets and will feature boys’ varsity teams from Andes, Franklin, Gilboa and Margaretville central schools. The girls’ bracket will feature teams from Andes, Franklin, Hancock and Margaretville central schools.


Million dollar game show quest falls short in Thicke of contest

By Brian Sweeney
They didn’t win a million dollars, but they had plenty of fun trying.
Margaretville resident Betty DeSilva, along with daughter, Diane DeSilva, and granddaughter, Brianne Ballard, appeared on the NBC program “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” last week and came up short of their million-dollar goal.


Local family to be featured on "Millionaire" Family Weekend

By Brian Sweeney
Many of us long to be millionaires — especially when the bucks can be earned in a short amount of time by appearing on a television show. Margaretville resident Betty DeSilva, her daughter, Diane DeSilva, and granddaughter, Bree Ballard, recently had that opportunity while playing the first-ever family version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”
The episode on which they appear was scheduled to air on local NBC affiliates on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Viewers should check their local listings for times and channels.


Youth basketball sign-ups at MCS

Sign-ups will be held for the Margaretville Central School Youth Basketball on Saturday, Dec. 6 at MCS. MCS  Booster Club Basketball is open to boys and girls who are in grades 3 through 6 at Margaretville Central School.


Soccer success: It takes a village

By Pete Palen
The 2008 high school boys’ soccer season was a special one. It was marked by excellent play by all our area boys’ teams. The Andes Mountaineers fielded one of their strongest teams in years, had a winning season, and were a formidable opponent. The Roxbury Rockets were in the hunt for the Delaware Mountain Championship right up to the final week of the season. Margaretville and South Kortright were crowned Upper Delaware and Delaware Mountain Champs, respectively. The Blue Devils and Rams then played their way to the Section IV, Class D Championship game at The Soccer Hall of Fame complex in Oneonta, where Kortright was crowned champion in a hard-fought match. Likewise, The Delhi Bulldogs culminated a two- season run of 36-2 with their first Section IV, Class C Championship.


Foothills Shoe Company making strides in Margaretville

By Julia Green
Marc Levenshus has been in the footwear business for over 30 years, and he’s bringing that experience to Margaretville.
His business, Foothills Shoe Company, opened its doors about a month ago in the Bussy Building on Main Street in Margaretville, in the former location of the Village Homemaker.
“In conversations with people up here, I realized that there were no stores to buy footwear, socks, thermal underwear, those kind of accessories,” he said. “When this location became available, I thought it might be a good opportunity to offer the goods I had off-price. That’s the concept: to offer brand names off-price.”


Several Mountainside residents recall casting ballots for FDR

Seventy years ago, a newly-elected president created a sequence of programs to provide relief for the unemployed, recovery of the economy, and reform of the economic and banking systems. Now, more than half a century later, the country faces many of the same problems with a brand new leader.
A number of residents at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville remember the era of FDR and its challenges that have some parallels to the world we face today.


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