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Former Sacred Heart priest in court; justice calls for selection of trial date

By Julia Green
Rev. James J. McDevitt, the former priest at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville, appeared briefly in the Town of Middletown Justice Court Thursday morning. McDevitt is currently facing charges of sexual misconduct for incidents that allegedly occurred during his time at the parish. McDevitt appeared with his newly appointed attorney, Paul L. Gruner, who requested a 30-day adjournment to familiarize himself with the case.


Hunter Education Class offered this weekend

Claryville — A New York State DEC Hunter Education Course will be offered at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville on April 17 and 18. This class is free to the public and is required for first-time hunters to obtain a gun season hunting license.


Margaretville Board of Education hears request for athletic union

By Julia Green
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education held a public forum last Wednesday night to hear a proposal from Andes Central School regarding the possibility of allowing Andes student-athletes to compete on Margaretville athletic teams next year.
Andes Superintendent Bob Chakar and Athletic Director Margaret Brown delivered a presentation to MCS Board of Education members and Superintendent Tony Albanese, as well as roughly 70 members of the community.


Belleayre Mountain closes after a great season

By Jay Braman Jr.
Despite having plenty of skiable snow left, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center closed down its 2009-2010 season on Sunday. Superintendent Tony Lanza said that several factors, including a couple of late-season monster snowstorms, contributed to this being a season to remember.


Andes students explored new world with trip to Guatemala

By John Bernhardt
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel see only a page.” If you pay heed to St. Augustine, eight Andes students completed a fascinating chapter on a six-day school travel club excursion to Guatemala in March. In Guatemala, the Andes contingent saw life from a new perspective and experienced a world they had never realized before.


Heart of the Catskills planning spring dance, auction April 24

Highmount — Tickets are available now for the 11th Annual Heart of the Catskills Spring Dance and Auction on Saturday, April 24 starting at 6 p.m. at Belleayre’s Overlook Lodge. A major fund-raiser for the area’s largest animal shelter, the Humane Society’s Spring Dance and Auction blends music and goodies-for-bid on top of Belleayre Mountain to benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Delaware County.


Halcott Center man dies after fire call

By Brian Sweeney
A 52-year-old Halcott Center resident died April 2 of an apparent heart attack shortly after firefighters extinguished a brush fire on his property. John D. Bammel was pronounced dead at Margaretville Hospital after he was transported there by emergency personnel.


Interior design demonstration Saturday at Commons building

Margaretville — Gerry Murphy of “M Gerard Country Home” presents “Got Windows?”, an interior design seminar on Saturday April 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Commons Building Main Street in Margaretville.


Spending cuts made in Margaretville Central School budget

By Julia Green
The Margaretville Central School (MCS) Board of Education met last Wednesday for the third workshop in its budget process, which was primarily focused on looking at a budget work-up, as presented by MCS Superintendent Tony Albanese.
The board is currently considering a 2010-11 school-year budget of $10,734,078 as compared to $10,588,958 for the 2009-10 school year. The board will vote on the proposed budget at its monthly meeting on April 26.


"Re-Store" design challenge competition is underway

Margaretville — Strolling on any of our village Main Streets, we’ve all peeked into some charming but empty storefront, many with full-length display windows and fun, old-fashioned architectural detail. And we’ve all played the game of “that would make a perfect (fill in the blank) store,” decorating those display windows with our imaginations.


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