Pitching, fielding will be key for Blue Devils baseball

Staff report
“If we pitch and defend, we compete.”
Margaretville’s baseball coach John Bernhardt knows his team is young and his roster is thin. Even so, Bernhardt expects his Blue Devils to compete.

Bernhardt believes baseball success begins with solid pitching. The Margaretville coach feels that in junior Kyle Short, his team has a pitching ace.
“The role of a pitching ace is about more than throwing the ball,” Bernhardt explains. It’s about the attitude you bring with you when you climb the hill to pitch,” he concludes.

Tough to hit

3 Margaretville residents charged in cocaine case

By Brian Sweeney
Three Margaretville residents were arrested last week on charges stemming from cocaine possession.

Arrested on March 13 by NY State Police on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (with intent to sell) were Victor M. Perez, 57, his wife, Kris Perez, 45, both of 104 Frog Alley Road, Margaretville. The charges are Class “B” felonies. John D. Gilchrist, 53, of 2 Olga Drive, Margaretville was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class “A” misdemeanor.

Mountainside earns 5-star rating

Margaretville — HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® is pleased to announce that Mountainside Residential Care Center received a five-star rating in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes issue for the third year in a row.

The rating was based on data from “Nursing Home Compare,” an online database presented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which helps consumers, families and caregivers assess nursing facilities. Mountainside was one of five, five-star facilities located in Central New York, out of 126 total facilities.

Artisans' Guild hosting 'March Madness Craft Sale'

Margaretville — The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild will present the first annual “March Madness Craft Sale” on Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the Community ArtSpace, Commons Building, and 785 Main Street Margaretville. Come and browse the great discounts on some beautiful handmade crafts from Catskill regional artists.

Special sale at Thrift Shop

Margaretville — A“March Out Like a Lamb Sale” will be held from March 18-31 at the Thrift Shop operated by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
During the sale, all spring and summer wear will be offered for only for $1 an item! Everything from jackets, sandals, Rollerblades to swimwear. New items added daily.
The Auxiliary Thrift Shop is located at 850 Main Street, Margaretville. Hours are: Monday-Saturday from noon-4 p.m. For additional information, please call 845 586-3737.

Cope will be new mayor

Political newcomer Diana Cope will be Margaretville’s new mayor following a 102-24 win over longtime village resident Lauren Davis on Tuesday.

Ms. Cope ran a low-key campaign during her first run for public office.

Mr. Davis was seeking the village mayoral post for the third time. He waged a public battle during his campaign, often criticizing the actions of current Mayor Bill Stanton and the board of trustees.
The new mayor will take office on April 1.

The Fleischmanns Village Election results are as follows:

Davis, Cope square off for mayor's post

By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in Margaretville are about to choose a new mayor. Bill Stanton is stepping down. He will be replaced either by Diana Cope, former executive director of Margaretville’s Fairview Library, or Lauren Davis, a retired chemical engineer.

The village election will be held on Tuesday, March 19 with balloting from noon-9 p.m. in the village office on Main Street.

PO 24-hour box access

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Post Office has opened its doors to deliver seven-day, 24-hour mailbox access for patrons.

Customers, according to Postmaster Bob Cron, have welcomed the change, which went into effect in early December.

“People can now get their mail anytime,” Mr. Cron explained. “There are a lot of people from the city who have post office boxes here who can never make it by noon on Saturday.”

gardenFest planning beginning to take root

Staff report
Gardening enthusiasts who can’t wait to plant will be happy to know that gardenFest2013 is approaching. The event that celebrates all things related to gardening will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is the day before Mother’s Day.

MCS counselor cited for lifesaving efforts

By Geoff Samuels
Margaretville Central School Guidance Counselor Nancy Millen will cited for heroism by the board of education for quick action in helping a student who was choking.

On January 24, Millen, a guidance counselor for grades K through 7, was in a classroom setting when one of the young children began to choke. She immediately went to the child’s aid and in so doing, saved it from a potentially terrible fate.

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