Margaretville

MCS teacher raising funds to frame student artwork

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School teacher Michele Dietz is hoping that community members will assist with her efforts to raise funds to permanently frame student artwork.
Ms. Dietz, who teaches art in grades K-8, has launched an online campaign via donorschoose.org to purchase quality frames to enhance the presentation of a permanent collection of student art creations. Some of the frames would also be utilized when student artwork is hung at various locations throughout the community.


Sad Good-Byes and Hopeful Good Buys

A large crowd of well wishers turned out on Saturday evening at Home Goods of Margaretville to wish current owner Dorothy Maffei luck on her new journey. Party goers were greeted with good news that Home Goods is in the process of being bought by local residents Jess and Jake Olenych. The store will be reopening later this spring.
Dorothy Sets Sail: Dorothy Maffei is heading east to a new life in the Berkshires, but her brainchild, the highly successful Home Goods of Margaretville, will live on in the hands of new owners Jess and Jake Olenynch. – Photo by Joe MoskowitzDorothy Sets Sail: Dorothy Maffei is heading east to a new life in the Berkshires, but her brainchild, the highly successful Home Goods of Margaretville, will live on in the hands of new owners Jess and Jake Olenynch. – Photo by Joe Moskowitz
Goodbye Girls: Jess Olenych gives Dorothy a farewell hug. We're sure Dorothy will be reciprocating with good advice and support as Jess and Jake take the reins of Dorothy's beloved home goods store. – Photo by Jake OlenychGoodbye Girls: Jess Olenych gives Dorothy a farewell hug. We're sure Dorothy will be reciprocating with good advice and support as Jess and Jake take the reins of Dorothy's beloved home goods store. – Photo by Jake Olenych


Hot shooting by SCS too much for Blue Devils

By John Bernhardt
Matt Anderson was feeling it. The Stamford shooting guard was on fire last week, hitting almost every shot he launched in the Indians’ opening round Section IV, Class D, victory over Margaretville.
Anderson blistered the nets with seven three-point goals, four in the second quarter, scoring a game-high 27 points as Stamford advanced with a 65-45 win.


Open Seat in Margaretville Village Board could be determined by write-in; Fred Miller retiring

By Brian Sweeney
Only one candidate has filed a petition to run for a trustee position on the Margaretville Village Board in the March 18 election.
Incumbent Dave Budin is running for another two-year term on the board, but longtime trustee Fred Miller has decided not to seek re-election. No other village residents submitted petitions to run for office.
The ballots will contain only Mr. Budin’s name and two spaces for write-in candidates. The write-in candidate with the highest vote count would earn the vacant trustee position.


Few questions over hotel tax breaks for proposed Best Western

By Joe Moskowitz
Nine years ago, an attempt by Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar to get tax breaks in order to construct a 62-unit hotel on Route 28 between Margaretville and Arkville drew dozens of signatures on a petition against his request.
Angry speakers stood up at an Industrial Development Agency (IDA) public hearing to question why he should be extended such a privilege.
But on Tuesday, just 10 people showed up to a similar meeting, only a few questions were asked and the entire hearing lasted just 18 minutes.


Honor students named at MCS for 2nd grading period

Margaretville Central School has announced its Honor Rolls for the second making period of the 2013 – ’14 school year.
Those students earning a place on the Principal’s List (94.5-100) include: 12th Grade, Brandon Belaski, Michael Conroy, Paul Morrow, and James Warner; 11th Grade, Rhiannon Kearns, Alana Moskowitz, and Julian Rauter; 10th Grade, Daniel Conroy; 9th Grade, Kayla Laise, Bianca Molnar, Kaylee Sanford, Courtney Scheffler, and Katlynn Shamro; 8th Grade, Anna Lam; 7th Grade, Denali Finkle, Cruz Garcia, Lauren Gil, and Victoria Janis.


MCS Senior Sam Capriotti pulls no punches with passion for boxing

By John Bernhardt
Someone once said, “Boxing isn’t for the feint of heart, it’s for the full of heart.” That’s an apt description of Sam Caprotti, 17, a senior at Margaretville Central School.
Sam Caprotti loves to box. Boxing is a form of self-discovery for Caprotti. A sport often called ‘the sweet science’ helps Caprotti discover something deep inside himself, a desire or a need, that allows Sam to continually surprise himself by exceeding what he once believed were his own limitations.


"Think Spring" silent auction underway at Fairview Library 'til March 1

Come visit Fairview Public Library to view and participate in “Think Spring,” a silent auction full of goodies to chase away the winter blues.
The auction, a fundraiser to benefit the library’s community programs and services, is now underway through March 1. Items include works of art, a luxury spa gift basket, “Tea for Two,” handcrafted gift cards, a snuggle cave for pets, fitness items, home decor, baskets of kitchen goods, and more. “


No. 1 Davenport holds off Blue Devils in hard fought hoop contest

By John Bernhardt
Why stop now? Last Thursday, the Margaretville Blue Devils boys’ basketball team continued its pattern of madcap hardwood adventures through the last regular season contest of the year. The Blue Devils failed to convert the winning field goal in three attempts during the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter, then fell, 49-45, in overtime to first place Davenport.


Motel owners seek tax breaks for Best Western project

By Joe Moskowitz
Proposed tax exemptions a the planned 62-room hotel on Route 28, Margaretville will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at noon at the Middletown Town Hall.
The Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will conduct the hearing. The IDA is considering whether to undertake the project, which is being by proposed by Margaretville Lodging LLC.
Principals in that corporation are Carol and Peter Molnar. They are planning to raze the current Margaretville Motel and construct a 62-room hotel on the premises.


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