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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Fireman's Carnival coming to town

The Margaretville Fire Department Field Days from July 1-6 at the village park will mark the true arrival of summer.
The annual carnival promises fun for the entire family with plenty of rides, games, music, food and the opportunity to socialize with old friends. A huge fireworks display will cap the festivities on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Carnival highlights
The schedule of special events includes the following highlights:
• Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 3: Rides open at 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 2: Pay One Price rides, 6-11 p.m.


Editorial: "Just Say No" to more NYC land acquisition

I hope our local political leaders “just say no” to New York City’s latest land-buying initiative in the Catskills.
In April, the City announced that it would make at least $15 million available to acquire properties from willing sellers whose homes are currently located in flood zones in the Catskill and Delaware watersheds. Any existing structures on property purchased in this program would be razed and the land would be utilized as green space or for recreational use from then on.


Quick moving storm wreaks havoc in Bovina

Fortunately, no injuries resulted from a fast-moving thunderstorm that rolled through the western part of the county shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The 60-mile-an-hour winds were a death toll for many trees and took out power for hours. — Photos by Dick Sanford


Margaretville eCenter building sold

By Brian Sweeney
Quality Leap, LLC has purchased the Margaretville E-Center building from the Catskill Development Foundation.
Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar is the manager of Quality Leap, LLC.
The new owner said he plans to continue operation of the eCenter, but will change the name to the Margaretville Business Center. The eCenter is a “business incubator” that makes office space and services available on an hourly, daily weekly or longer rental format.


Margaretville Bridge project still stalled

By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville’s Swart Street bridge is now getting the attention of the U.S. Congress. There is money to get it fixed, yet nearly three years after being undermined by Hurricane Irene, the person in charge of getting it replaced told the News that he has “no idea when it is going to get done.”


Chamber of Commerce has new Main Street home

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By Brian Sweeney
The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce opened for business on Monday in a new location at 806 Main Street, Margaretville.

Executive Director Carol O’Beirne said that moving the office was necessitated by the sale of the eCenter building a short distance down Main Street. The chamber office had been housed in the eCenter for about 15 months.


Fairview Library gets $110,000 construction grant

Fairview Public Library in Margaretville is the recipient of a public library construction grant in the amount of $110,292 from the New York State Education Department.
The construction project will provide much-needed accessibility improvements to the library, including an ADA compliant, handicap-accessible ramp, and the creation of a new entryway.


Jack Schlegel, longtime Shandaken Police Chief, dies

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The “Officer in Charge” of the Shandaken Police Department, Mount Tremper resident Jack Schlegel, died last Wed­nesday, June 11 at the age of 90.


New Catskill Recreation Center is a huge hit

By Brian Sweeney
The Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville officially opened its doors on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony 11 months after ground was broken for the project.
Margaretville Boy Scouts were among the first swimmers in the pool at Saturday’s grand opening of the Catskill Recreation Center. The indoor pool and exercise facility is now open for business. More than 100 community residents had signed up for membership by Monday. — Photos by Dick SanfordMargaretville Boy Scouts were among the first swimmers in the pool at Saturday’s grand opening of the Catskill Recreation Center. The indoor pool and exercise facility is now open for business. More than 100 community residents had signed up for membership by Monday. — Photos by Dick Sanford


MCS names Conroy and Warner top graduates

The Margaretville Central School District has named Michael Joseph Conroy as the valedictorian for the Class of 2014 and James Warner as its salutatorian.
Valedictorian Michael Joseph Conroy will graduate from Margaretville Central School with an Advanced Regents degree with Honors mastery in math and science, and from ONC BOCES having completed the New Visions Health Care Professions Program.


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