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ANOTHER FAMILY LEFT HOMELESS — Four residents, including three children, were left without a place to live after their mobile home was destroyed by fire on Thursday in the Town of Shandaken. All of the family’s belongings were lost, too.

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.


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.


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.


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.


McDevitt appears in court

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 Gruner, who requested a 30-day adjournment to familiarize himself with the case.


"A Year Down Yonder" premieres at Open Eye

Margaretville — “A Year Down Yonder,” in this new comedy premiering at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville on Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. The year is 1937, and Mary Alice Dowdel’s father has lost his job.


Fairview celebrates National Library Week

Margaretville — It’s National Library Week, April 11 through 17, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. The Fairview Public Library in Margaretville is celebrating National Library Week by giving away a free book to card-holding patrons who visit the library during the celebration.


DEC issues burning ban reminder

A statewide burning ban is in effect through May 14 due to the increased wild fire risk, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds the public. Spring has become a prime season for brush fires and the total burning ban went into effect last month.


School districts react to delay in state aid payments

By Julia Green
Following an announcement by Gov. David A. Paterson last week, the state has delayed $2.1 billion in school aid payments that were scheduled to be made April 1. The announcement came following a failed attempt between Paterson and the state legislature to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that began April 1.


Andes athletes joining Margaretville teams will be focus of public meeting

By Brian Sweeney and Julia Green
A proposal to allow Andes students to join the Margaretville boys’ varsity soccer and basketball teams next year is the subject of a public meeting on Wednesday, April 7 at 7:15 p.m. in MCS Board Room.
The plan is being presented as a means of allowing Andes students to participate in varsity athletics during the 2010-11 season. Because of low enrollment, ACS officials do not anticipate being able to field boys’ teams next year for soccer or basketball.


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