New lights and sidewalks to be installed in Margaretville

By Geoff Samuels
There’s more to a sidewalk than meets the eye! On Wednesday, Sept.12, the Margaretville Village Board held a special meeting to address questions about new sidewalks that are slated to be installed in the village next month.

Mayor Bill Stanton and Village Trustee Iris Mead explained to the small group that grant money had been received from the Smart Growth Program for this project, including new street lighting and new trees along Main Street.

Plein Air Paintings at Longyear

Margaretville — Opening this Thursday at the Longyear Gallery is “Plein Air Paintings,” an exhibit featuring the work of one of Longyear’s founding members, Margaret Leveson, accompanied by a group show of all Longyear Gallery artists. The artist’s reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Margaretville gearing up for Cauliflower Fest

Margaretville — Pickin’, singin’ and dancin’ will make the East Branch Valley ring on Saturday, Sept. 29 when the home-grown Catskill Mountain Boys, and the Blue Ribbon Cloggers are featured at the Ninth Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the village park behind Freshtown.
The Catskill Mountain Boys (also known as Aurora North) is a bluegrass band that includes Todd Pascarella, John VanBenschoten, Mike Herman and Henry Hermann.

Downsville edges MCS in girls' soccer

Short in numbers but big in heart, Margaretville girls’ soccer coach Toni Smith is pleased with her team’s early season start. Saturday, the Blue Devils played without substitutes, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision in the championship game of the Downsville tournament. The loss was Margaretville’s first against two victories in the young season.

MCS Boys bounce Jefferson and H&T

By John Bernhardt
On the soccer field, it’s almost as if Kyle Short and Matt VanValkenburg can read each other’s minds. The Margaretville strikers work in unison perfectly executing give-and-go touch passing sequences and choreographing well timed lead passes to vacated spots on the field.
The end result: the dynamic Blue Devil duo has teamed to net 10 goals in Margaretville’s first three contests.

Community Pantry is open again

Margaretville — A year ago Hurricane Irene put the Margaretville Food Bank out of business for more than three months. But thanks to the Interfaith Council and devoted volunteers it was up and running, in a somewhat diminished capacity, in November of last year serving their client base.
Under direction of new coordinators, Joyce St George and Frank Canavan, the Margaretville Food Pantry reopened on August 20 at a new location on Route 28 under a new name, “The Community Pantry.”

Helping others

Village Pub opens cool 'Ice Bar'

By Geoff Samuels
The Village Pub in Margaretville is open again, thanks to the great renovation efforts of Robin and Nadine Tischmacher.

Fairview granted $1,050 in children's books

Children and families in the community can look forward to an array of high-quality, award-winning hardcover books to read in the children’s and young adult sections of the Fairview Public Library, thanks to a grant received from The Libri Foundation. Children’s books with a total value of $1,050 will arrive at the Fairview in December.

Deal reached for Binnekill clearing to start

Staff Report
As Margaretville prepared to mark the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, a new effort was underway to help revitalize the flood-damaged village. The goal is to get the village’s picturesque stream, known as “The Binnekill,” flowing again after it started  to run dry about five months ago.

According to Mayor Bill Stanton, village officials signed an agreement last week with landowner Lauren Davis, that would allow workmen to enter the stream from his property in order to clear flood debris that was deposited there by Irene.

Open Eye to host reading of play

Margaretville — In its continuing support of local playwrights, and expanded programming for audiences in the Western Catskills, The Open Eye Theater presents a developmental reading of “Truce...?,” a new play by Wilma Mazo of Andes, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. The rehearsed reading will take place on stage at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville.

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