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.

New MCS superintendent takes reins

By Brian Sweeney
New Margaretville Central School Superintendent Anthony Albanese has been on the job since July 1 and is looking forward to the start of school. Mr. Albanese has been working with the board for more than a month and has met many staff members who are already at MCS preparing for a new year.

CWC awards grants, plans septic program

The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors on July 22 approved two storm water grants to the Town of Shandaken as well as a grant to the Village of Walton to repair a stream bank retaining wall. The board also heard from Executive Director Alan Rosa that a $26 million contract between CWC and New York City has been executed to continue the residential septic repair program through 2017, and to allow planning for two new septic programs to go forward.

Chamber name proposal spurs member opposition

By Julia Green
An effort to change the name of the Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce to the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce hit a snag lat week when one of the chamber’s members questioned both the need and the process for the change.
“This decision is the result of more than one year of discussions with many businesses in our service area, both members and potential members,” Board President John Riedl wrote in a letter to chamber members dated July 14. He called the proposed name change “a more inclusive name,” and said that the decision was made by a unanimous vote of the chamber’s board of directors.

Bill Birns to be honored with MMH citizenship award

Bill Birns, a longtime local educator and public servant, will be honored with the 2008 Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award from the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. The award will be presented to Bill at the auxiliary’s annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hanah Country Resort in Margaretville.

Mountainside Center joins National Quality Campaign

Mountainside Residential Care Center has joined thousands of long-term care facilities across the country in a voluntary national initiative, a campaign titled Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes. The campaign seeks to accelerate the rate of quality improvement in nursing homes by promoting excellence in care-giving for residents, monitoring key indicators of quality and acknowledging the critical role of staff in providing high quality care.

"Summertree" will debut at The Open Eye Theater

For its second summer production, The Open Eye Theater presents the play “Summertree” by Ron Cowen, which opens on August 21 and runs through August 31. Although the play was written in 1967, the underlying story is still relevant today. Director David Turan says the universal messages in the play are timeless, “This play really focuses on families, especially the relationships between parents and their sons.”

Magic season ends perfectly in soccer play

The Margaretville Magic ended their summer soccer campaign winning the championship game over Roxbury in the New York Power Authority Mine Kill State Park Men’s Soccer League with a victory over Roxbury last week.
The match was off to a quick start when Roxbury began attacking at the first whistle. The Magic held off early attacks and eventually broke through the Roxbury line to score the first goal of the match. Good defense created a scoring opportunity in which Avery Meehan coolly slid his shot into the net.

Brookside to be honored by Delaware County Chamber

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce will recognize several individuals for their service to the county’s business community at its 2008 Annual Dinner. Delaware County Chamber’s Business of the Year will be presented to Brookside Hardware, LTD of Margaretville.

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