Margaretville

Busy week for area high school soccer clubs

Roxbury girls gain experience; Blue Devil boys split in tourney
By John Bernhardt

RCS girls’ offense struggles
“Coming off the last couple of games, we’re definitely playing with more intensity,” praised Roxbury’s first-year girls’ soccer coach Lisa Faraci. “Things have been coming together. We’re controlling the ball more and putting together some good runs. Unfortunately, we’re still having trouble finding the nets.”


Horizons show opening at Longyear

Opening this week is a new collective show by the Longyear member artists, featuring Transitory Horizons, a solo exhibition by Ann Lee Fuller. The artists’ reception will take place at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, September 27, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ann Lee Fuller describes her work as being “a combination of literal and abstract, a meeting of contrasts.” Her well known work is inspired by the shifting weather of the Catskill Mountains rural landscape with its transitory horizons and unique moments of light created when sky meets land.


Civil War comes to life at School House program

By Julia Green
Saturday, Sept. 20 marked the 145th anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Chickamauga, a Civil War battle that signaled the end of a Union offensive in Tennessee and Georgia. Because the Union advance was stopped, the battle was considered a Confederate victory, though it was one of the deadliest of the war, claiming over 34,000 lives.
Traveling historian Charles Slater of Margaretville was joined by Jim Hitchcock as Abraham Lincoln and Ron Galley as Confederate soldier James Thadeus Holtzclaw at a Civil War program at the Stone School House in Dunraven on Saturday, the focus of which was the Battle of Chickamauga.


Supermarket renovations moved to January

By Brian Sweeney
The transformation of the Margaretville A&P into a Freshtown Supermarket has been pushed back to late January, the store owners announced last week. Daniel Katz, a partner in PSK Supermarkets which is planning the new store, said the work to convert the A&P into a Freshtown store is now scheduled to begin on January 22. This work was initially supposed to start this month.
“In order to create a smooth transition, we have agreed to a lease extension with A&P. This will hopefully ensure that the store closes for only a minimal period of time,” Mr. Katz told the News.


Local craftsman fashions old wood into beautiful coffee table for CICS

For 100 years or more, dozens of enormous maple trees towered over Margaretville’s sidewalks, dappling them in shade. Unfortunately, in order to make room for sewer and water lines, they were all cut down in the fall of 2000. But those grand old trees, it turns out, were neither lost nor forgotten. And we have Gary Mead, a master wood craftsman, to thank for that.


Chamber changes name; claims membership will rise

By Julia Green
Despite some confusion that initially indicated that the Greater Margaretville Cham-ber of Commerce would be holding meetings to discuss a proposed name change, the chamber officially adopted its new name – the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce last week, following discussions with an attorney.
The decision to change the name was approved by a majority of the members voting. A total of 41 votes were submitted, with 34 of those falling into the “yes” column. The chamber currently has 124 members.


Season kicks into high gear for area boys' and girls' teams

By John Bernhardt
Area high school soccer teams had a busy week between tournament play and league matches.
Mayor’s Cup Results
South Kortright 1, Laurens 0
Two local soccer powers squared off Saturday night in the championship round of the Stamford Mayor’s Cup. Laurens, unbeaten and perennial contenders in the Tri-Valley League locked horns with the Delaware League’s unbeaten Rams from South Kortright.


Margaretville Comprehensive Plan now available for public inspection

After months of work, committee meetings and community input, the Comprehensive Land Use and Action Plan is ready for public review before being submitted to the Margaretville Village Board for approval.
The Comprehensive Plan Committee, working with Ann Ruzow Holland, community plan advisor, and Delaware County Senior Planner Kent Manuel, has completed its outline, consisting of five chapters starting with a brief history of Margaretville. The plan then goes on to talk about the village’s economy and community amenities, land use and natural resources, transportation and public facilities, and next steps.


Stone Schoolhouse to feature Civil War program September 20

Learn about the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga at the Stone School House Annual Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 20. The traveling historian, Charles Slater of Margaretville, will share a program on the most significant Union defeat of the Civil War which halted the Union advance at Chattanooga, Tenn.


Local teams suffer losses in early soccer matchups

By John Bernhardt
Monday’s 2-1 loss to Davenport was a gut check of sorts for the Andes boys’ soccer team. After dropping a hotly contested come-from-behind decision to the Wildcats, the Mountaineers need to take a hard look in the mirror and decide the team they would like to be.
For the first 25 minutes Monday, Andes looked like one of the Delaware League’s top tier teams. From the left wing, sophomore Eric Reed left his footprint on the first 15 minutes of the game. Reed’s left foot initiated four serious goal attempts.


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