MCS benefits from grant funding

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School officials have recently been notified of two grants awarded to the district.

The district will be receiving a VAP (Virtual Advanced Placement) grant through Ulster BOCES and a Replication Grant from the State Education Department.

Blue Devils softball has eye on the title

By John Bernhardt
“We’ll surprise people this year,” Margaretville softball coach Bill Lonecke insisted when talking about his 2013 team. Lonecke’s confidence is forged by experience and five consecutive Blue Devil Upper Division Delaware League championships. The Margaretville coach and his team have their sights set on number six.

Fairview Library helps people get online through Connect2Compete

Margaretville — Connect2Compete is a new initiative at the Fairview Library to promote the importance of digital literacy skills and increase access to free computer and Internet training classes through EveryoneOn campaign.

Connect2Compete is a unique collaboration of government, corporate, philanthropic and community leaders committed to harnessing technology, especially the transformational power of the Internet, to improve the lives of Americans and their ability to thrive in the global economy.

Three options

Pitching, fielding will be key for Blue Devils baseball

Staff report
“If we pitch and defend, we compete.”
Margaretville’s baseball coach John Bernhardt knows his team is young and his roster is thin. Even so, Bernhardt expects his Blue Devils to compete.

Bernhardt believes baseball success begins with solid pitching. The Margaretville coach feels that in junior Kyle Short, his team has a pitching ace.
“The role of a pitching ace is about more than throwing the ball,” Bernhardt explains. It’s about the attitude you bring with you when you climb the hill to pitch,” he concludes.

Tough to hit

3 Margaretville residents charged in cocaine case

By Brian Sweeney
Three Margaretville residents were arrested last week on charges stemming from cocaine possession.

Arrested on March 13 by NY State Police on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (with intent to sell) were Victor M. Perez, 57, his wife, Kris Perez, 45, both of 104 Frog Alley Road, Margaretville. The charges are Class “B” felonies. John D. Gilchrist, 53, of 2 Olga Drive, Margaretville was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class “A” misdemeanor.

Mountainside earns 5-star rating

Margaretville — HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® is pleased to announce that Mountainside Residential Care Center received a five-star rating in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes issue for the third year in a row.

The rating was based on data from “Nursing Home Compare,” an online database presented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which helps consumers, families and caregivers assess nursing facilities. Mountainside was one of five, five-star facilities located in Central New York, out of 126 total facilities.

Artisans' Guild hosting 'March Madness Craft Sale'

Margaretville — The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild will present the first annual “March Madness Craft Sale” on Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the Community ArtSpace, Commons Building, and 785 Main Street Margaretville. Come and browse the great discounts on some beautiful handmade crafts from Catskill regional artists.

Special sale at Thrift Shop

Margaretville — A“March Out Like a Lamb Sale” will be held from March 18-31 at the Thrift Shop operated by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
During the sale, all spring and summer wear will be offered for only for $1 an item! Everything from jackets, sandals, Rollerblades to swimwear. New items added daily.
The Auxiliary Thrift Shop is located at 850 Main Street, Margaretville. Hours are: Monday-Saturday from noon-4 p.m. For additional information, please call 845 586-3737.

Cope will be new mayor

Political newcomer Diana Cope will be Margaretville’s new mayor following a 102-24 win over longtime village resident Lauren Davis on Tuesday.

Ms. Cope ran a low-key campaign during her first run for public office.

Mr. Davis was seeking the village mayoral post for the third time. He waged a public battle during his campaign, often criticizing the actions of current Mayor Bill Stanton and the board of trustees.
The new mayor will take office on April 1.

The Fleischmanns Village Election results are as follows:

Davis, Cope square off for mayor's post

By Joe Moskowitz
Voters in Margaretville are about to choose a new mayor. Bill Stanton is stepping down. He will be replaced either by Diana Cope, former executive director of Margaretville’s Fairview Library, or Lauren Davis, a retired chemical engineer.

The village election will be held on Tuesday, March 19 with balloting from noon-9 p.m. in the village office on Main Street.

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