Margaretville

History group hosts annual meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will be held Sunday, Sept. 7 from noon-3 p.m. at the New Kingston Valley Grange Hall on Cemetery Road, Margaretville.


Famed Gerry Estate displayed as part of MARK fund-raiser

It was once the playground of Roosevelts, Harrimans and Vanderbilts, but like some other great celebrities, the magnificent Gerry estate “Aknusti” has also suffered from neglect.
Also aptly named Broadlands, this turn-of-the-century compound stretches over three townships and truly represents life on a Gilded Age baronial scale: from its 20,000-square-foot Georgian mansion to the palatial stables where polo and thoroughbred champions were bred and born, even its builders Robert and Cornelia Gerry dubbed it “Aknusti,” or “expensive proposition” in Native American parlance.


Brenda Finch-Hasay honored as NY Postmaster of the Year

By Julia Green
A familiar face in Margaretville and Arkville has garnered recognition on a pretty big stage.
Brenda Finch-Hasay, the postmaster of the Arkville Post Office and the officer-in-charge at the Margaretville Post Office, was presented with the New York Postmaster of the Year Award at the state convention in Cooperstown at the end of May. At the start of August, Hasay, along with recipients of the award from other states, were recognized before the National League of Postmasters annual convention in Louisville, Ky.


Work by countless volunteers made 40th a success

Rain didn’t put a damper on the 40th anniversary Antique, Craft & Flea Market sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
Despite the intermittent showers, Auxiliary President Sue Adams said this was another banner year with many vendors participating and a steady flow of patrons coming through the gates, particularly after the skies cleared.


Open Eye gearing up for "Summertree"

For its second summer production, The Open Eye Theater presents the play “Summertree” by Ron Cowen, which opens on August 21 and runs through August 31. Although the play was written in 1967, the underlying story is still relevant today. Director David Turan says the universal messages in the play are timeless. The play won immediate acclaim for the playwright, who like the main character, was in his twenties when he wrote the play.


Brookside Hardware is back five months after devastating fire

By Brian Sweeney
Less than five months after a raging fire leveled the business, Brookside Hardware has opened for business in a new building on Route 28, Margaretville.
Company owner Will Finch said the new store opened for business on Saturday. Stock is arriving on a daily basis, but Mr. Finch said the store is already about three-quarters full.
Construction on the 3,500-square-foot building was started in May, with framing getting underway on June 4. Mr. Finch said the new store is larger than the one it replaces and will carry more inventory, particularly hardware and home goods.


SP reveals internal review on Brinkerhoff case

By Brian Sweeney
An internal investigation by the New York State Police has cleared all troopers of any wrongdoing in the accidental death of Trooper David Brinkerhoff in an April 2007 gunfight at a Margaretville farmhouse. The classified report was obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Law.
During a gun battle with fugitive Travis Trim, Trooper Brinkerhoff was killed by a shot to the back of the head from fellow Trooper Norville Yearwood. The troopers, part of an Elite Mobile Response Team, had stormed the farmhouse in search of Trim.


40th Antique and Flea Market is Saturday at Village Park

For the 40th time, the Auxiliary of Margaretville Memorial Hospital/Mountainside Residential Care Center will hold an Antique and Flea Market on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Margaretville Village Park, behind the A&P.
The event will feature approximately 150 vendors selling antiques, crafts, and countless other interesing finds.


Magic roll to 4-0 win in men's soccer league

By Pete Palen
The Margaretville Magic improved their record to 4-0 in The Mine Kill Adult Soccer League last Monday night with a 13-4 victory over Clark’s of Gilboa.
Margaretville got on the scoreboard early and often. The first tally featured a brotherly collaboration as Max Mead slid a through pass to his brother, and former MCS and Cortland State star, Mitch, who fired a shot from the top of the penalty area past the diving Clark’s goalkeeper. A few minutes later, Ryan Pesa headed home an Alex Throssel cross to make the score 2-0. Two more goals by Mitch Mead, one by current MCS Blue Devil stalwart, Josh Smith, and one by Alex Throssell increased the Magic’s halftime lead to 6-1.


Homeowners, businesses to meet with energy efficiency professionals

Local homeowners and small business owners will meet with energy efficiency professionals in August to begin taking steps to reduce the hardships of soaring fuel costs in the coming winter heating season. The Catskill Center for Conservation & Development will host the 6 p.m., August 18 meeting. The evening will be sponsored by Mid-Hudson Energy $mart Communities, an outreach arm of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, with its local partner, the Margaretville Energy $mart Partnership and the Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce.


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