Margaretville

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.


Goat makes Pet Therapy visits to Mountainside Care Center

Margaretville – Misty the goat is a big hit at Mountainside Residential Care Center.
The dwarf goat has been making regular visits to the long-term care facility since April as part of Mountainside’s Pet Therapy program. Residents have quickly grown to love Misty and look forward to her visits. Misty belongs to Mountainside’s Activities Director Kathy Roberts. Misty was born in April and Kathy first brought in the tiny four-pound goat when her pet was just 11 days old.


Margaretville Hospital urges women to schedule annual breast screenings

Margaretville – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the staff at Margaretville Hospital is encouraging all women to have breast cancer screenings. It is estimated that 182,460 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed each year in women and 1,990 new cases in men. The estimated number of deaths in women annually is 40,480 and 450 for men.


MARK offering lead safety training

Margaretville - Whether you are a seasoned contractor or a do-it-yourselfer, the need to understand the hazards of lead paint should be a priority in any construction environment. Most lead paint dangers exist in structures built prior to 1978 and common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.


Busy Bees pre-school takes flight

By Matthew J. Perry
Busy Bees, a new pre-school opened its doors on Sept. 30 in the Purcell Center of the Sacred Heart Parish on Academy Street. With a current enrollment of 11 children, the school convenes on Tuesdays and Thursdays for morning and afternoon sessions.
The three co-founders of Busy Bees—Monica Wildermuth, Jen Clark and Adrienne McMillan—are all parents of young children who drew together after the closing of Pink Elephant preschool last year. The void created by the closing was a problem they hoped to resolve quickly; Busy Bees’ opening in 2008, coinciding roughly with the fall schedule of Margaretville Central School, has met their expectations.


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