Margaretville

Local teams battled in spring diamond play

Local teams saw plenty of action last week on the baseball and softball diamonds.


Commons dance studio is now open for classes

Margaretville — Dancer/choreographer Gloria McLean has announced that the Dance Studio in the Commons is open for classes.
Formerly Ujjayi Mountain Wellness Center, the studio now offers modern dance, Yoga and Latin dance with more in the works, including performances, film showings and workshops. Her mission is to provide a center for contemporary dance and movement arts in Delaware County.


Margaretville man charged in kidnap attempt

A Margaretville man was arrested in New Jersey on Thursday after he allegedly tried to kidnap a man he believed was seeing his ex-girlfriend.
Police say Thomas A. Filupeit, 52, attempted to enter the man’s house shortly before 11 p.m. carrying a knife, duct tape, string, and a pillowcase containing plastic handcuffs and cloth. His attempts failed, however, when police arrived at the home before he could enter.


CWC annual meeting is April 28

Margaretville – The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) will hold its 12th Annual Meeting of member towns on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at CWC offices, 905 Main Street, Margaretville.
Results of the election of representatives from Schoharie and Ulster counties to the CWC Board of Directors will be announced. A slide show of CWC achievements over the past year will be shown, and the floor will then be open for questions and comments from representatives of member towns and villages.


Negligence lawsuit dismissed in Brinkerhoff shooting case

By Brian Sweeney
A judge has dismissed a $100 million negligence lawsuit filed by the widow of a New York State trooper killed in a 2007 shootout in Margaretville.


Lady Devils, Rockets set to start softball campaigns

By Julia Green
First-year Margaretville head coach Bill Lonecke returns a strong roster from the 2008 Lady Blue Devils’ softball team, including five seniors and three 2008 Delaware League All-Star selections. Lonecke was an assistant with the Blue Devils last year and fills the vacancy left by Robyn Lukaszewski, who accepted a teaching position in the Rondout Valley school district.
“Only having 11 kids this year, they look really good,” Lonecke said. “I only have one girl who is new who came up from modified this year. The rest of them are returning players from last year, and last year we won the Upper Delaware League, and I think we have a real good chance to repeat it.”


MCS, RCS boys of spring look ahead to diamond season

By Julia Green
Despite the lingering chill of the Catskill winter, spring is on its way, as evidenced by the ring of aluminum bats coming from baseball diamonds in local schoolyards. Area schools are getting into the spring swing of things as baseball, softball and tennis teams open the season this week.


Recount confirms VanBenscoten as Margaretville mayor

By Julia Green
It was even closer the second time around, as the Margaretville mayoral race was the subject of a recount Tuesday morning. Two representatives from the Delaware County Board of Elections, Republican Commissioner William Campbell and Democratic Commissioner Janice Burdick, were on hand to conduct the re-canvas, in which John VanBenschoten remained the winner – this time by a two-vote margin.


Wood burning chops heating costs for Margaretville's Hanah Resort

By Julia Green
People all over the country were feeling the crunch triggered by skyrocketing fuel oil prices last year, and responded in a number of ways. Fewer sport utility vehicles peppered highways and there was a noticeable increase in hybrid vehicles. Travelers opted to stay closer to home in lieu of paying for airline tickets, the inflated prices of which mirrored the ever-growing cost of fuel. And, as heating homes and businesses became increasingly costly, many people opted to seek alternative heat sources as winter approached.
One local business that opted to explore options outside traditional fuel oil heat was Hanah Resort and Country Club in Margaretville, which installed wood furnaces to heat the entire resort.


Uncertainty clouds school budgets; tax hikes projected as minimal

By Julia Green
Area school superintendents are wrestling with declining state aid as they attempt to prepare their 2009-2010 annual budgets.
In spite of waning funds, however, superintendents at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools have prepared budget drafts that have only minor tax levy increases and will therefore have minimal impacts on local taxpayers.


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