Margaretville

Wood burning chops heating costs for Margaretville's Hanah Resort

By Julia Green
People all over the country were feeling the crunch triggered by skyrocketing fuel oil prices last year, and responded in a number of ways. Fewer sport utility vehicles peppered highways and there was a noticeable increase in hybrid vehicles. Travelers opted to stay closer to home in lieu of paying for airline tickets, the inflated prices of which mirrored the ever-growing cost of fuel. And, as heating homes and businesses became increasingly costly, many people opted to seek alternative heat sources as winter approached.
One local business that opted to explore options outside traditional fuel oil heat was Hanah Resort and Country Club in Margaretville, which installed wood furnaces to heat the entire resort.


Uncertainty clouds school budgets; tax hikes projected as minimal

By Julia Green
Area school superintendents are wrestling with declining state aid as they attempt to prepare their 2009-2010 annual budgets.
In spite of waning funds, however, superintendents at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools have prepared budget drafts that have only minor tax levy increases and will therefore have minimal impacts on local taxpayers.


Retiring Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton looks back fondly on public service years

By Julia Green
On April 1, the winner of last Wednesday’s mayoral election in the Village of Margaretville will move into the mayor’s office on Main Street. Vacating that space will be current Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton who, after six years in office, opted not to seek a fourth term.
“It’s time to have some fun,” Stanton said in an interview last Tuesday. “I’m going to enjoy my grandsons.”


Spring fair set for April 4 by auxiliary

Margaretville — The Auxiliary of Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will host its 15th annual Spring Fair on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mountainside. Among the featured events will be: the popular Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, candy, baked goods, and products by Avon. Door prizes will also be plentiful.


Margaretville movie is topic

The Roxbury Library Association will offer a screening and a group discussion of the documentary film “Marvelous Margaretville,” directed by Roxbury resident Roger Bobley, on Tuesday, April 14 at 1 p.m. Regular RLA Tuesday Forum attendees will provide refreshments following the film screening and discussion session.


Former resident brings circus act to Oneonta center

The Bindlestiff Late Night Cabaret will perform at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta on Saturday, March 28. The evening of “Vaudevillainous Variety” will feature sword swallowers with attitude, jugglers with angst, chicks with whips, audience members on stage, bawdy humor, twisted physical comedy, moments of surreal beauty, and live music, as well as phenomenal juggler and prop manipulator Sean Blue and mind-bending contortionist Miss Ekaterina, performing physical near-impossibilities.


Auxiliary Thrift Shop business brisk at new location

Business has been brisk at the new location for the Thrift Shop operated by the Auxiliary of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
The new Thrift Shop officially opened at its new location at 850 Main Street, Margaretville on Valentine’s Day. In a little more than month, the new shop has attracted a steady flow of customers — including many new ones.


Local author to discuss work at Art in Common on Saturday

Margaretville — Enjoy a local cheese and wine tasting as author Joanne Michaels discusses her work and avenues to publishing for aspiring authors on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. in Margaretville’s Commons building, as part of the popular multi-art event series “Art in Common.”


Recount ordered in Margaretville mayoral election

At the request of Carol O'Beirne, who initial vote tallies showed losing to John VanBenschoten in the Margaretville mayoral election by three votes, there will be a recount conducted of the votes cast in last Wednesday's election.


VanBenschoten elected Margaretville mayor by three votes

As predicted, it was a nail-biter of a mayoral election in the village of Margaretville on Wednesday, with deputy mayor John VanBenschoten emerging with a three-vote victory over his opponent, Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carol O'Beirne. VanBenschoten received 69 votes to O'Beirne's 66.


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