M flestone Is R e a c h e d By High School G raduates ,r Margaretville Margaretville central school graduates received their diplo mas Saturday afternoon in the first outdoor commencement in the history of the school. Diplomas were presented to the 58 members of the class by Mrs. Roswell R. Sanford, retiring president of the board of education.^ Graduates include the follow ing: Christian F. Achleithner, Ev erett James Adamo, Kathryn Ann Allmer, Cathy Louise Balcom, Robert Allen Balcom, Linda Gale Baessler, Faith Mary Ballard, Charles Joseph Berto- lino Jr., James Ira Boxer, Cynthia Anne Cronan, Anthony Cuizio, Wayne Davis, Cris Elliott, Melanie Joy Fairbairn, Keith Alan Faulkner. Also Ricky James Faulkner, Eric Ralph Forsman, Debra Jean Funari, Thomas Anthony Gou- goutris, Sally Ann Grocholl, Stuart Mark Gross, Joy Cather ine Hall, Frieda Mae Hafele, Nagui Halim, Ruth Ann Harring ton, George Hendricks Jr., Amy Jane Hyatt, Timothy Kieffer, Michael Kratochvil, Robin Chris tina LeBeau, Sylvia Ann Lillep, JoAnne Mariotti, Roger W. Mattice. Also Denise Marie McLean, Gary Mead, Pauline Marie Miller, Sharon Minati, Michael J. Myers, Daniel Alan O’Connor, Jeffrey Ormiston, Steve Pigeon, Vivian Pasternak, Linda Platt, Barbara Polley, William R. Russell, Peter T. Salamin, Joshua Moses Samuel, Joseph Siska, Donald Small, Melvin Smith, Joseph E. Todd Jr., Susan Marie Valk, Robert C. Wash burn, Lisa Kemm Weiss, Craig Edgar Werth, Christopher R. R. Williams, Gail Wolcott and Lore Woolheater. Five of the members of the class completed their high school work in three years under an accelerated program. They are Susan Valk, James Boxer, Melanie Fairbairn, Pauline Miller and Craig Werth. Charles Bertolino was the valedictorian of the class, and Amy Hyatt was salutatorian. Michael Kratochvil spoke on behalf of graduates who had completed their work at the Northern Catskills Occupational Center. Miss Hyatt and JoAnne Mariotti, president of the class, presented gifts to Mrs. Gertrude McCune, class advisor; Richard Tucker, and Mrs. Kathy Bowen, musical advisors and instru mentalists. for the graduation march. The class also presented a gift to Miss Mariotti. A. Daniel Morse, who had had most of the graduates for students, put them in a note of humorous departure with his commencement speech. Cantor Kurt Schreiner of Fleischmanns gave the invocation and bene diction. Curriculum Coordinator Richard Dillon presented the class to the board of education on behalf of Principal Dr. John Best, who was called away because of a death in the family. Supervising Principal Dennis McLean pre sented awards. The senior chorus gave three iii^^bers, accompanied by Mr. Tucker and Craig Werth. The school band, augmented by middle school members to replace the departing seniors, who made up a third of the organization, played the process ional and Alma Mater. There was a reception line for the graduates, and refreshments served by the school staff. Awards presented at the commencement were as follows: Outstanding boy in high school, Charles Bertolino; sec ond, Craig Werth; outstanding girl in high school, Susan Valk; second, Joanne Mariotti; super ior SAT scores, Nagui Halim, Gail Wolcott and Amy Hyatt; Balfour Key, Charles Bertolino. Highest grade in English 3 Regents, Melanie Fairbairn; Me agher home economics award to Denise McLean; American Leg ion awards, Joy Hall and Bill Russell. Margaretville Rotary Club award, Chris Williams; Fleisch- manns-Pine Hill Rotary Club best school citizen award, Kathy Allmer; NCOC awards for outstanding ability, Tim Kieffer, Anthony Cuizio, Faye Ballard, Cynthia Cronan, Don Small and Mike Kratochvil; Bruce Arm strong award for citizenship, Cathy Balcom; PTA scholar ships, $100 each, Joy Hall, Bill Russell and Charles l^rtolino. Highest grade in business Regents, Denise McLean; great est improvement in high school, Steve Pigeon; contributing most to student council. Josh Samuel; most proficient in woodworking, Pete Salamin;' students attend ing able and ambitious program, Amy Hyatt, Stuart Gross, Melanie Fairbairn, Jim Boxer and Susan Valk. Outstanding American high school students were Amy Hyatt, Charles Bertolino, Nagui Halim, Joy Hall, Craig Werth, Gail Wolcott and Sylvia Lillep; Darrell Atkin sportsman award to Bill Russell; Student Spec trum, Nagui Halim, Susan Valk, and Melanie Fairbairn; top business Regents, Cathy Balcom; scholarship in memory of past Margaretville Memorial hospital employes, JoAnne Mariotti; Good citizenship and Birdsalf achievement award, Cathy Bal com; drama club award, Susan Valk and Chris Williams; best student homemaker. Lore Wool- heater; magazine subscription, Charles Bertolino. Scholarship of $226, Cathy Balcom; Clarke A. Sanford memorial nursing scholarship, $300, Melanie Fairbairn. Mr. Dillon noted that this class had achieved the highest number of Regents scholarships in the history of the school. There were seven Regents scholarships, two nursing scholarships, and five of the graduates were alternates for scholarships. He also called on several seniors to stand for recognition for various achieve ments for which no awards were made. Undergraduates were present ed their awards at an awards assembly held Friday morning at the school. Among them were the following: Highest ElngUsh and American history marks, JaHet Keldep; outstanding conservationist, Charlie West; high math Re gents, Sharon Pekrul; driver education student who made most progress, Gaylon Todd; best all-around driver education student, Gary Smith; highest mark on science Regents, Sharon Pekrul and Gary Smith; out standing chemistry student, Gary Smith. Participants in Saturday semi nars were Cindy McLean, Mel Fuller, Patty Sanford, Paul Finch, Vangelee Wilson and Gordon Morse. Outstanding students in Span ish were Diane DeSilva, Patty Pigeon, Anne Elliott and Sharon Pekrul; Latin, Susan Blish, Stephen Bowers and Fred Miller; outstanding chess players, Fred Miller and Danny Lillep. Outstanding service to sopho more class, Gordon Morse and Tim Johnson; superior perform ances in state music competition, Nadia Halim and Mike Siska; nominations for outstanding American students, Sharon Pek rul, Gary Smith, Janet Kelder and Pat Sweeney. Student Spectrum recognition, Gordon Morse. ' Margaretville will have an other team on the TV Channel 6 program “Answers Please” next Sept. 22. Introduced as members of that team were Gary Smith, Janet Kelder, Don Weiss and Patty Sanford, with Sharon Pekrul as alternate. Rig “M” awards, which recog nize outstanding achievements in high school academics, activities or sports went to Jim Boxer, Craig Werth, Dean Mayes, Sharon Pekrul, Colleen Martin, JoAnne Mariotti, Melanie Fair bairn, John Hubbell, Gary Smith, Carol Sanford, Pat Sweeney, Janet Kelder, Patty McAdams, Charles Bertolino, Paul Berto lino, Reta Slade, Bill Russell, Rick Holdridge and Jeff Ormis ton. Andes Andes Board of Education president, Fred Temmings, con ferred graduating diplomas on 26 graduates Friday night at the Andes central school commence ment. Graduates include John Andrews, Earl Barrett, Thomas Barrett, Paul Berg, Bruce Butler, Mary Anne Conine, Robert Davis, Patricia Dailey, Earl Engel, Alma Fairbairn, Ellen Finkle, Christine Fleury, Debra Frisbee, Mary Kay Harvard, Kim Jacques, Deborah Lee, Karen O’Donnell, Debra Oles, Gloria Ross, JoAnn Sidorowicz, Gordon Smith, Robert Smith, Carol Stevens, Michael Tuch, Alan Weaver and Allen Weaver. Twelve members of the class shared in the scholarships which were awarded. The awards will be made when the students have registered at the college of their choice in September. Ellen Finkle and Deborah Lee, James A. Glendening memorial scholarship for teaching candi dates; Debra Frisbee and Chris tine Fleury,' Helen L. Gardner memorial scholarship; Debra Oles, John Birdsall memorial scholarship; Bruce Butler, Earle M. Woolheater memorial scholar ship; Paul Berg, Mary Anne Conine, Alma Fairbairn, Debra Frisbee, Christine Fleury, Mary Kay Harvard and Karen O’Don nell, anonymous scholarships. Seniors receiving awards were as follows: Debra Frisbee, $5, senior with highest scholastic average; Christine Fleury, $5, second. Bruce Butler, $10 for showing the most improvement in his work. Paul Berg and Bruce Butler, $5 each, senior boys doing the most in athletics during four years in high school; JoAnn Sidorowicz, outstanding participant in girls athletics; Mary Anne Conine, $6, most improvement in home economics: Kim Jacques and Mary Kay Harvard, $10 each, senior girls most proficient in vocal music. Debbie Lee, $5, most effort in physical education. John Andrews and Robert Davis, $5 each, best industrial arts work; Patricia Dailey, $5, senior most furthering the interest of home economics; Carol Stevens, $5, senior doing the best work in band during the year; Paul Berg, $5, best high school science work. Earl Engel, $10, best art work; Allen Weaver, $5, putting forth the most effort; Debra Oles, $5, highest mark in comprehensive English; Christine Fleury, $5, most interest in foreign coun tries; Allen Weaver and Debra Frisbee, $5 each, excelling in driver education; Kim Jacques and Carol Stevens, $5 each, interest in dentistry or allied professions, medicine or nursing; Allen Weaver, $5, greatest improvement in industrial arts. Karen O’Donnell, $5, best work in business. Gordon Smith, $5, highest Regents mark in 11th grade math; Michael Tuch, $5, highest mark in physics Regents; Debra Frisbee, $25, and Mary Kay (Continued on page 9) PASTORAL. FABEWELX. is bid Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Truran following his last service Sunday after 13 years at the Margaretville United Meth odist church. Lay Leader Willis Marks presents copies of \Living Bible” at reception and coffee hour after service. Mrs. Truran gave a recital on the churcb organ, attmded by many mmbers of the community, Sunday evodng. News, Advertising Needed Day Early The Fourth of July holiday falling on Wednesday of next week advances the schedule of the printing of The News by one day. News and advertising copy deadlines are moved ahead correspondingly. Those having material for this edition are asked to pre pare it as early as possible. Display advertising will be ac cepted until 5 p.m. Monday, classified advertising until 9 a.m. Tuesday, and correpond- ents’ copy should be received Monday. S e n i o r s G i v e n J o b P r o s p e c t s Roxbury, June 28 — The young men of the senior class of Roxbury central school were khe guest of Roxbury Rotary club last week Monday night. Alfred Frieman, employment security manager of the New York State Department of Labor division of employment located in Oneonta, spoke on the theme \Job Prospects”. Mr. Frieman pointed out things the department attempts to do, stating that it cannot guarantee jobs in every commun ity of the state as it is impossible for them on the budget to spread out into every rural community. Located in Oneonta, the division is in a position to be at the focal point of two counties. He stated that the division is a non-fee service, which endeavors to bring prospective workers and employers together. Mr. Frieman stated that the division also provides a free counseling service for people who are not occupationally set. This service seeks to discover the aptitude of a person and to make possible a means of bringing that person into a skill for which he may be equipped. U n b e a t e n D e v i l s H a v e W o n T h r e e The undefeated Margaretville team defeated Roxbury, 14 - 4, Monday night to win its third straight Small Fry league base ball game. Margaretville had to come from behind to defeat the Walton Blue team, 4 2, Saturday morning. Anthony Bove was given credit for Saturday’s win as he pitched the victory and aided his own cause with a three-run triple. Bove also pitched the Monday night victory. Big bats in Monday’s attack were wielded by Mitch DeSilva, who had five hits, and Robin Atkin, who had four. The Margaretville team is idle until next week Saturday be cause of a vacancy in the schedule caused when the Ham den dropped out of the league. On July 7 Margaretville resumes its darkness-interrupted game with Andes with a 17 - 8 lead, then meets Andes in a second contest. Members of the team have been soliciting funds from Mar garetville merchants, whose aid will enable the team to be provided with uniforms. S i d e s w i p e H i t s D a m a g e V e h ic l e s Three vehicles were sideswip- ed in two accidents on Main street in Margaretville last week. Parked cars belonging to Dr. Isaac Spector and Edward Peralone were hit Thursday near the postoffice by another driven by Richard Tompkins of Marga retville. A vehicle belonging to Roger Schebesta was hit Monday while parked at the intersection of Bridge street. The rear door of a truck driven by Harold Jarvis, swung open and smashed the rear window of the Schebesta F i r e m e n ’s D a y s S e t N e x t W e e k The Margaretville firemens annual field days and carnival will begin at the village park Tuesday and last through Satur day. There will be rides, booth and exhibitions. A clam bar will be in operation nightly; a supper is scheduled for the Sundowners Thursday night; the Fisher brothers will enter tain on Friday evening. A large display of fireworks is scheduled for Saturday evening at dark. MCSWai Offer Summer Education A four-week remedial sum mer 'school will begin Monday for 50 pupUs in grades 1-5 at Margaretville central school. The pupils, all of whom have been recommended by thw teachers for the program, will attend classes from 9 to 11:30 ajn. five days a week. Sub jects vwll be limited to mathe matics and reatUng. C A T S K IL L KELLY 269 £OUIH MAIM AVE. alb A y V N.TM 4 Y l23d8374 \ NOV. 1973^ M O U N T A I N N E W S VoL 110-^1 14 P a ^ MARGARETVILLE, N. Y., THURSDAIT. JUNE 28, 197S Published Weekly Secoad-Class Postage Paid at Margaretrine, N. V. 12455 IScOoiv 97JSOYe«r Drownmg Tragedy Mars Andes Graduatkm Party Horseplay in boats at a Perch lake graduation party led to the drowning of Bruce Butler, 18, there early Saturday morning. Butler, a poor swimmer, was dumped into the water when a rowboat, also occupied by Robert Smith, tipped in 15 feet of water. The boys has been attempting to steal an oar from another boat occupied by Deborah Lee and Wendy Cole. The oar was grabbed from the left hand of Miss Cole and thrown into the lake. With both boys on the same side of their boat, Butler attempted to push the boats apart. As he did so, his boat shipped water, dumping both occupants into the lake. When the boat tipped. Smith, a good swimmer, turned it over so he would have something to hang on to. Butler floundered toward shore, about 75 feet away. Smith removed his shoes and started to take off his shirt when he heard his companion cry out for help. Butler, in his thrashing carried his companion down with him, and Smith was forced to let go. Another rescue was attempted, but was unsuccessful in saving the 200 pound Butler. Smith swam to shore and climbed on the dock of a camp belonging to Margaret Snyder. The girls in the other boat heard the commotion in the water, but were unaware of the tragedy that had happened. They retriev ed their lost oar and asked Smith to get in their boat. He told them that “Moose” had drowned and refused to get in. Smith panicked at this point and took off through the woods on a run. He emerged six miles away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenford Davis on route 28 on the Palmer hill road. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Smith, were called. Their son told them what had happened, and they came and took him home. The boys and girls were attending a party for the graduating class of Andes central school at the Walter Gladstone camp at the lake. Graduation exercises had been held a few hours earlier at the school. Wendy arrived at the camp between 10:30 and 11 and Deborah at 11 to get ready for the party. The affair was Camp Break-ins Bring 37 Counts Raymond L. Mathews, 31, of Andes was indicted by a Dela ware county grand jury this week on 37 counts. Most of the incidents are related to break-ins into summer camps at . Perch lake and around the Pepacton reservoir. The defendant was taken into custody last month. He had been on probation at the time of his arrest. Mathews will appear before Delaware County Judge Richard Farley Monday to answer to the charges. He wall be represent ed by Attorney Michael Jacobs of Stamford. Robert C. Washburn, 18, of Margaretville also was indicted for fourth degree criminal pos session of a dangerous dnig, described as marijuana. S t o l e n C a r W a s U p s e t I n D i t c h Phoenicia, June 28 — A stolen car, equipped with stolen license plates, went off route 28 last week, narrowly missing the Shandaken town hall at Allaben. Mrs. p. Acadrado of Shandaken reported to town constables that the car was lying in a ditch near the town hall. Investigation showed that the plates on the car had been stolen from a vehicle owned by A1 Pettinato of Phoenicia. Howard Dunn Jr. of Fox hollow came to the scene and identified the car as his, stolen in Phoenicia the night before. The driver of the car apparently fled the scene after the accident and has not been identified. R o t a r y O f f i c e r s Fleischmanns, June 28 — The annual installation of officers took place at the Monday night meeting of the Pine Hill-Fleisch- manns Rotary club. Officers for 1973-74 are David Solomon, president; Milton Valk, vice president; Dr. William Cohen, secretary; Robert Morse, treas urer; Seymour Sachs, sergeant- at-arms, and Arthur Teig, program chairman. TRAGIC CONCLUSION of search as body of Bruce Butler is recovered, above, by state police divers William Phillips and Richard Kuray. In boat are Sgt. Charles Envay at the oars and Zone Sgt. William Cameron. SEARCH AREA, right, is iden tified by Robert Smith, center, for state police divers. They are standing on dock of camp belonging to Mrs. Margaret Snyder across Perch lake from the Walter Gladstone camp where graduation party was held. Other Pictures on Page 10 chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Krick and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Weaver, all school employes. The girls asked for and were granted permission to use a boat and took a set of oars from the porch. Smith, who arrived at 11:45, assisted in preparation or the party and also decided to take a boat ride. He handed his watch and wallet td-Patti Dailey and took a canoe paddle to propel his rowboat. He circled in front of the camp and returned to the dock, where Butler, also in possession of a paddle, joined him, and they crossed the lake toward the girls’ boat. After the accident the two girls returned to the party, but were unable for some time to H istory Traced W a w a k a G range P a r ty C e lebrates 5 0 t h Y e a r O f H alcettvilie Unit Roxbury, June 28 — Wawaka Grange of Halcottville celebrated its golden anniversary June 18 at the Delaware Valley Grange liall in Roxbury, because there was more space in this hall. Around 65 were present, including State Master Robert Drake, who spoke. George Adee, Master of Wawaka Grange, presided, and Wawaka officers were in the chairs. Ernest Shultis and Miss Linda Mestyanek gave three guitar selections. Willard Sanford gave a history of Wawaka Grange. He said that but for a six-months interval, the Grange at Halcottville would be celebrating its 97th anniversary instead of its 50th. The first Grange, the Halcottsville Grange, No. 350, was organized in 1876. It lasted for 47 years and was disbanded Oct. 21, 1922. There was a Grange Store in connection with it, and there were difficulties, apparently un connected with the desire of the area for a Grange. Six months later. May 23, 1923, a new Grange was organized with a different name and number, Wawaka Grange, No. 1486, with 42 charter members. In 1931, the new Grange building was purchased and renovated, and the mortgage burned a short time later. The Grange had 140 membership then, and its peak membership was 160. It lost a few when the nearby Delaware Valley Grange was organized. In 1944, many changes were made in the hall, the dining room and kitchen were rebuilt. The Grange was financed by dances in the early days, but rummage sales and a barbecue were started in the 60s. There convince their companions that a and was hiding in the woods. A tragedy had occured. Most bull horn was obtained from thought a practical joke was Camp Oquagd on the lake and being played. Flashlights were victim’s name was called repeat- procured and a search of the area edly. was commenced in the thought When the extent of the that Butler had made it to shore tragedy became obvious, state police and the Andes fire department were called. They joined in the futile search along the lake shore and in the adjoining woods. State police placed the time of the accident between 12:15 and 12:30 a.m. With the beginning of day light, search crews in boats with are 39 members now, but all are underwater viewing devices be- active. gan crisscrossing the lake. John There are eight past masters Huggins, an experienced Navy living, of whom seven w^re diver, made an early snorkel present, Ralph Eignor, John L. search without success. The lake Sanford, Beulah Adee, David at this point is heavily infested Stewart, Lena Greene and the with underwater weed growth. Master, George Adee. Only State police scuba divers arrived— William E. Griffin was absent. later in the morning and after a Mr. Drake said that the main few minutes search found the body in 15 feet of water about 75 feet from shore at 12:10 p.m. Dr. Harry Wilbur, Delaware county medical examiner who was present, made identification and declared death was due to accidental drowning. The body was removed to the Jester funeral home. Less than three hours before his death, Bruce had graduated with his class from Andes central ideas of the early Granges were agriculture and fraternalism. Now, because there are fewer agriculturists and fraternalism is not as strong, other problems, like pollution, must be tackled. The Grange is asking for 101 new members in each county and some counties have already made that total this year. Mr. Drake spoke of the efforts of the late W. L. Cleveland in organizing Wawaka Grange, school. He had been announced Delaware County Pomona Mas- as the winner of the Earle M. ter David Taylor of New Woolheater scholarship and the Kingston also spoke. Rural Life Babe Ruth sportsmanship award Sunday will be Sunday evening, at the commencement. He had July 12, at Margaretville Advent also taken prizes for having done Christian church. The state the most for athletics during four chaplain, Bert Morse Jr. of years of high school and having Marathon, will deliver the shown the most improvement in message. District Deputy and Mrs. Howard Tait of Pepacton were present and Mr. Tait gave a talk. Louis Wiedman of Stamford, Pomona Master of Schoharie county, talked. Members were present from his work. Bruce had also been named to the Central New York all-star baseball team, which was to meet the Milford Macs in a game. He had played basketball and soccer, as well as baseball, for Andes ..... ...... central school. He was recogniz- Delaware Valley, Wawaka, New ed as a worthy competitor by his Kingston, Bloomville, Pepacton, opponents from other schools Delhi. Colonel Harper in Dela ware, Windy Ridge in Schoharie and the state master is from Jasper Grange in Steuben County. At the close of the meeting ice cream, cake and punch were served by the Wawaka Grange with the assistance of the ladies of the Halcottville Methodist church. and was called a “nice young.man and a very hard jvorker”, by his coach, Mr. Krick. Principal Lloyd Johns called Bruce a “nice boy, not a member of a rowdy, unruly bunch”. He had been accepted for Herkimer Community coUege, where he expected to enter -the physical education program in September.