Margaretville

Local teams suffer losses in early soccer matchups

By John Bernhardt
Monday’s 2-1 loss to Davenport was a gut check of sorts for the Andes boys’ soccer team. After dropping a hotly contested come-from-behind decision to the Wildcats, the Mountaineers need to take a hard look in the mirror and decide the team they would like to be.
For the first 25 minutes Monday, Andes looked like one of the Delaware League’s top tier teams. From the left wing, sophomore Eric Reed left his footprint on the first 15 minutes of the game. Reed’s left foot initiated four serious goal attempts.


Margaretville businesses get face-lift thanks to MARK funding program

The  MARK Group, now in its 30th year, continues to serve local communities through the implementation of several programs and activities focused on rehabilitation, development and revitalization in the Catskills. Over the past 12 months MARK, with funding assistance from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal,  has overseen substantial rehabilitation projects in 42 homes  of low-moderate income  families. These projects include everything from new roofing to interior renovation and upgrades to obsolete heating and electric. MARK also manages an eight-unit senior housing facility, 32 units of mixed senior and family housing at Mountain Laurel Gardens and four additional units at the Golden Seal Building in Roxbury, currently in process of restoration.


Storm water grants highlight funding from watershed corp.

The Catskill Watershed Corporation Board of Directors August 26 approved five grants – three to correct storm water problems and two to address streambank erosion that threatens property and public utilities.


Scholar and author Carol Berkin is HSM Annual Meeting speaker

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will welcome scholar and author Carol Berkin as the featured speaker at its Fourth Annual Meeting Sunday, Sept. 7 at the New Kingston Valley Grange Hall, Cemetery Road, Margaretville. Prof. Berkin’s topic will be courageous women of the American Revolution. Her talk, “It Was I Who Did It: Spies, Saboteurs, Couriers and Other Heroines of the Revolution,” is made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Auxiliary's fashion show will be held September 20

The Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Auxiliary will host its fifth annual Fashion Show & Buffet Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m. at the Purcell Parish Center, Margaretville. Eleanor Barrack will again be the fashion designer utilizing clothing items donated from the auxiliary's Thrift Shop. All the clothing being modeled will be for sale. Many of the items are brand new with original tags.


Roxbury boys win championship in annual Mine Kill soccer tourney

The Roxbury Rockets unleashed some early season firepower finding the nets 10 times in the two-day Minekill Tournaments. The Rockets blanked Gilboa, 4-0, in opening round action Friday then blasted Schenevus, 6-3 in championship action Saturday. Ryan Skipper had a big weekend. The explosive striker drilled two goals in the opener and three more in the title game. Rudy Staab and Kyle Ciaravino added single goals against Gilboa. Staab also recorded an assist.


Area girls' soccer teams look ahead to big season

By John Bernhardt
When Andes girls’ soccer coach Sandra Baldauf put away the balls at the end of the 2007 season she had reason to be optimistic about the fall of 2008. Baldauf would be losing only two girls to graduation. If she could pick up a handful of younger players, Baldauf anticipated a deep roster this fall. Sometimes funny things can happen on the way to the forum.


Buck stops here: Family Dollar not coming to village quite yet

By Julia Green
Don’t pull out your dollars just yet: the Family Dollar chain store initially planned for the property adjacent to the Margaretville Post Office isn’t setting up shop in Margaretville quite yet.
“We as a company just elected not to build there,” said Tom Nash, senior vice president for real estate, in an interview. “We re-evaluated the market area and felt that that particular location did not meet our criteria.” Nash said that he doesn’t know if the company will be exploring options to build a retail location anywhere in the Delaware County area.


MCS students, alumni traveled to Ecuador, Galapagos

By Brian Sweeney
A group of Margaretville Central School students and alumni recently experienced a nine-day travel adventure to Ecuador, including several days at the Galapagos Islands. The trip was organized by MCS science teacher Alan Seidman and his wife, Leslie. The couple began planning the excursion several years ago as their “dream trip when they retired” from teaching. The Seidmans have postponed retiring from their careers in education, but the trip was “a go” a year-and-a-half after 21 people agreed to participate.


Zimbabwe comes to the Commons with Labor Day weekend fund-raiser

Who would have imagined any connection between a southern African country, where life expectancy is just 34 years, and the lush mountains of New York? But over the past three years, Hobart resident Dennis Gaboury has been building links between our community and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. He has accomplished this by founding ZimKids, a project that helps feed, clothe and educate Bulawayo’s orphans, encourages their creativity and teaches them about the dignity of work.


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