For Venezuelan native, upcoming election is momentous occasion

By Julia Green
Tuesday will mark a momentous day in United States history.
It’s also a momentous day in the personal history of Margaretville resident Gaudys Sanford. The Venezuelan-born Sanford, 37, will be voting in her first election since becoming a U.S. citizen in February of 2007.

Auxiliary planning Holiday Fair at Mountainside Nov. 8

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Mountainside.
There will be photos with Mr. and Mrs. Santa and many vendors offering crafts, candy, jewelry, etc.

Hospital, Mountainside staff honored at annual dinner

Thirty-nine employees of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center were honored at the 36th Annual Employee Dinner held on Oct. 25 at Belleayre Ski Center.

Margaretville boys advance to semifinals as Lady Devils fall

By John Bernhardt
The Margaretville boys’ soccer team was backed up against the wall. With the clock showing less then 10 minutes to play, Margaretville trailed Roxbury, 2-1, in Friday’s Section IV quarterfinal contest, and you could feel the Blue Devils’ season slipping away.
But conditions changed with lightning-like ferocity.

CWC funds grass pellet study; awards grants, loan to businesses

Margaretville – The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) will fund a study by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) to explore the feasibility of producing and utilizing grass pellets as a bio-energy source for heating.
At its September 25 meeting, the CWC Board of Directors authorized the expenditure of up to $195,500 from the Catskill Fund for the Future for a three-year pilot project to examine regional production and pelletization capacity and to demonstrate the feasibility of using grass pellets for residential and commercial heating applications.

Hard work keeps local man going strong

By Julia Green
Just behind the Absolute Construction building off Route 30 in Kelly Corners is a large woodpile. Surrounded by a wall of trees, fractured sunlight filters through and throws shards of light on piles of firewood still dusted with early morning frost.
Amid it all is Kelly Corners resident Ralph Felter Jr. wielding a splitting maul, a mortal-sized, modern-day Paul Bunyan in a button-down flannel shirt and dark blue pants held up by similar-colored suspenders. Tarps cover piles of cut wood stacked around the woodlot, which is carpeted by a two-foot thick layer of wood chips and sawdust.

Spaghetti dinner Friday to help former MCS teacher

A benefit Spaghetti Dinner to assist the family of former teacher Nat Ciccone will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Margaretville Firehall. Nat Ciccone, known to many as “Mr. C,” is battling cancer. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will be used to assist Mr. C, his wife and two daughters to defray expenses related to his illness.

Thomas opening Oct. 25 at the Longyear Gallery

Opening this week is a new collective show by the Longyear member artists, featuring In Close Harmony, a solo exhibition by Nat Thomas. The artist’s reception will take place at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. When Nat Thomas moved to the Catskills 24 years ago, he planned on developing three new enthusiasms – fly fishing, cross-country skiing and landscape painting. While he never quite got around to the fishing and skiing, 18 years later he did indeed pick up a brush and began painting the familiar local landscapes that have become his trademark.

Rams hold off Devils to capture Crossover

By John Bernhardt
Lightning didn’t strike twice for the Margaretville boys’ soccer team.
After falling behind, 2-0, early in Saturday’s Delaware League title game at the Soccer Hall of Fame fields in Oneonta, the Blue Devils hoped to find the same magic that lifted them to a come-from-behind, regular season, victory over the Rams. Margaretville tried the same formula, rallying to knot the score during the close of the opening half.

2008 Delaware League Soccer All-Stars

Following are the names of the boys' and girls' soccer players from the Delaware League who have been selected for first-team, second-team, and honorable mention recognition as 2008 Delaware League Soccer All-Stars.

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