Margaretville seeks budget cuts to lower tax increase

By Joe Moskowitz
One week ago, Margaretville Village Treasurer Beth Bush dropped a bomb shell, saying that village taxes could go up by as much as 25 percent in the coming fiscal year.
Bush, and the village’s budget committee members, are working to try and reduce the hike to 14 percent, but she says that will be the lowest increase possible. There just isn’t any more room to cut.

Margaretville facing 25% tax increase

By Geoff Samuels
At the Margaretville Village Board meeting last Thursday, Beth Bush, village treasurer, told the board that a large loss in revenue due to the recent re-valuation of flooded properties, as well as lower valuations for the sewer plant, would result in a steep hike in property taxes for village residents this year.

Even though this year’s budget came in at $30,000 less than last year’s, “We’re looking at a huge change…25 percent,” she told the board, as they listened in silence.

CVS opening targeted for May

By Brian Sweeney
The rebuilt and reconfigured CVS Pharmacy in Margaretville is expected to be open by May.
Dan Katz, vice president PSK Supermarkets, which owns the shopping plaza, told the News this week that he anticipates that the new store will be open in several months.

“We are trying to get the construction finished as quickly as we can and CVS would like to open in the spring (around May),” Mr. Katz stated.
He said that the new store will have a footprint of 4,500 square feet with a 1,500-square-foot mezzanine.

Dream hoop season ends for Blue Devils

By John Bernhardt
It was fitting that Saturday’s Section IV boys’ basketball quarterfinal game in Margaretville was an old-fashioned, nail-biting thriller. The Margaretville basketball faithful had waited a full decade between Section IV playoff appearances by an MCS team on their home floor. Legions of Blue Devils fans packed the Margaretville gymnasium to cheer on their guys. In the end, it was not quite enough as visiting Marathon eked out a 55-49 decision to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals.

Devils earn first hoop crossover in 18 years

By John Bernhardt
One play sequence in Friday night’s Championship game symbolized the Margaretville Blue Devil’s ascent to the top of the Delaware League.

MCS announces second quarter honor roll

Margaretville Central School’s has announced its Honor Roll for the second marking period.

Principal’s List

12th Grade
Eric Baker, Raeann Bond, Sean Gauntt, Amber Hall, Megan Mauro, Diane Perez and Theresa Svoboda.
11th Grade
Michael Conroy and James Warner.
10th Grade
Rhiannon Kearns, Alana Moskowitz and Julian Rauter.
9th Grade
Daniel Conroy.
8th Grade
Bianca Molnar, Kaylee Sanford, Courtney Scheffler and Katlynn Shamro.
6th Grade
Denali Finkle.

High Honor Roll

12th Grade

MCS Superintendent fears state aid pinch

By Geoff Samuels
The New York State budget projections for 2013-14 were released last Tuesday and according to Margaretville Central School Superintendent Anthony Albanese, the 1.97 percent increase in state aid for the district is unjustifiably low.

Stanton not running for re-election

By Brian Sweeney
Bill Stanton, who is completing his 10th year as Margaretville’s mayor, will not be seeking another term in office.

Mayor Stanton told News this week that he feels that a decade in the village’s top post is enough.
“I’m just doing the best I can, but I’ve had enough,” he stated. “It’s time for somebody else to take over.”

'Growing and Aging' series at Open Eye

Margaretville — The New York Council for the Humanities has joined forces with The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, to offer “Growing and Aging,” a monthly reading and discussion series that runs from February 26 to June 11.

Pre-registration is Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Open Eye Theater.
“With its thematic focus, this reading and discussion program offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format by making time for thinking deeply about one idea, over time, from a variety of perspectives,” says Sara Ogger, executive director of the council.

Fairview trades food for fines

In partnership with the Community Pantry, the Fairview Public Library has announced Food for Fines February to run throughout the month.

From February 1-28, library patrons are encouraged to bring undamaged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to the library. Each single food item will be applied as a $1 credit toward the reduction of existing overdue fines.

The Community Pantry, located on Route 28, Arkville, serves about 130 families in the Town of Middletown.

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