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February 2013


Fleischmanns First
February Meeting Notes
Highlights of the February Fleischmanns First Meeting: Meeting was called to order at 9:30am. Bridge Committee reported that it will be meeting with Assemblyman Pete Lopez to discuss the need for a vehicular bridge-see article on page 1. Maple Festival plans are under waySave the Date below. Please note that candidates for Maple Princess or Prince must be 7- 12 years of age. Contact Peg Kearney or Jeanine Pascarella for applications for Maple Princesses/Princes. Baker applications for Maple Bake Off are available at Community Garden application to DEP in progress. Fleischmanns Theater-the contract from the State for the $200,000 grant has come through. Committee meeting to be set up shortly. Memorial Street Fair-May 25, 2013email notification sent to vendors. Contact Yvonne Reuter for information Meeting was adjourned at 10am; Fleischmanns Forum, Park Presentation followed-see article page 3. March Fleischmann First Monthly Meeting-March 9th, 9:30am La Cabana March 22 March 23

Assemblyman Lopez Visits Fleischmanns

Mayor Todd Pascarella invited Assemblyman Pete Lopez to visit Fleischmanns on Friday, February 8, 2013. Despite the predictions of high winds and blizzard-like snow conditions, Pete Lopez kept the appointment and toured the Village with Todd Pascarella, Larry Reilly, Chair of the Planning Board and Village FEMA liaison and Trustee Harriet Grossman. The focus of the tour was on those areas adversely affected by Hurricane Irene and for which applications for FEMA funding are still pending. This, of course, includes the park. It was cold and windy and the snow was beginning to fall during the walk through town. Assemblyman Lopez listened to the issues and asked pointed questions. A meeting with representatives of Fleischmanns Firsts Bridge Street Bridge Committee took place at the Village offices. Assemblyman Lopez is no stranger to devastation caused by flooding streams. He lives in a small town in Schoharie County which was also adversely affected by the Hurricane. He is familiar with the detail and intricacies of FEMA and most importantly agreed to work with Fleischmanns Village leaders to move the process forward. With regard to the bridge replacement he is wondering about the length of the span of the bridge that Department of Public Works says is required. He understands the Villages strong desire to have vehicular access between Wagner Avenue and Main Street via Bridge Street and appreciates the difficulty that the lack of direct access is causing residents and businesses as well. Assemblyman Lopez seems a worthy advocate for our Village! We thank him for his visit and attentiveness to our issues.


Crowning of the Maple Princess-Skene Library Pick up a Maple savory meal from Ate O Ate Food Truck, parked from 1-6pm at The Maple Bake-Off Caf, Main Street. Maple Bake-Off Caf returns to Main Street, 4-6pm, $15 entrance fee includes music, coffee, tea, maple sugar cookies, maple walnut ice cream courtesy of Pine Hill/Fleischmanns Rotary-bake off Judging and Ribbon awards at 5pm March 24 Maple Pancake Breakfast, in conjunction with Fleischmanns Community Church, 8-11am, $7 adults, children 12 and under free

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Notes from Skene Memorial Library Skene Library is beginning a series of rotating exhibits for 2013; each month, a different topic will be featured, with a display highlighting books from Skene's collection, as well as a poster or other display giving more information. The subject for February is National African American History Month. For March, we will focus on Catskills Maple Sugaring. (In conjunction with the Fleischmanns First Maple Week-end events) April's topic will be Earth Day. Come visit our historic library and check out each month's display.

Calling All Street Vendors! - Memorial Day Street Fair Saturday May 25th
Yes, plans are underfoot for Fleischmanns 2013 Annual Memorial Day Street Fair. The Fair takes place from 10 AM to 4 PM on Main Street from our Post Office parking lot through Bridge Street. As in years past there will be all sorts of wonderful stuff on hand, wonderful food selections, Antiques, Arts & Crafts, Post Cards, Books, Maple Syrup, Clothing, Jewelry, Plants and used goods from our basements and attics as well as furniture from the Fleischmanns Estate for folks to browse and purchase. Vendor spaces are $40, $10 for non profit organizations and $30 for current Fleischmanns First members. All space proceeds go to advertising and promotion and of course a day of wonderful live entertainment at our Gazebo. If you know of someone or would like to participate yourself and market your wares at the Street Fair please forward your name or theirs on to Yvonne Reuter at or call 254-3030 and leave a message and well get back to you with an application. Remember those who commit first get the best spaces! Plan to make a day of it! Come out and support your community! See you at the fair.

March Calendar
March 9th Saturday, Fleischmanns First Monthly Meeting at 9:30am, La Cabana Come & meet your neighbors and support your village. Saturday, Village Election Voter Registration at the Skene Memorial Library Monday, Village Board Meeting at 6:00pm at Skene Memorial Library Fleischmanns Playground Fundraiser Village Elections

March 11th March 16th March 19th

March 22, 23, 24 Maple Festival The Village Planning Board Meeting, as needed, (1st Tuesday) @ 5:30 pm, Skene Library Zoning Board Meeting, as needed, (3rd Thursday) @ 6:30 pm, Skene Library Check with Village Clerk regarding meeting statuses & agendas. For Village info, please contact the Village Clerk, Lorraine DeMarfio @ 845 254 5514 To have your activity listed here, contact the Flyer @

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Fleischmanns Forum- Park Presentation Over thirty Fleischmanns residents and interested parties attended a presentation on the renovation plans for Wagner Avenue Park at the fourth Fleischmanns Forum held February 2nd. The presentation began with a visioning statement made by Mayor Todd Pascarella who also described the progression of the plan from 2009, pre flood, to the current plan for the new playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, running and fitness track and ball fields. More detailed presentations were made by Sindy Becker on the tennis courts, Jeanine Pascarella on an inclusive playground, Kathleen Rostad on an adult fitness circuit and Peg Ellsworth on the finances for all the foregoing. Some grants are already in place. Anyone interested in reviewing the full budget and revenue already received, should contact Peg Ellsworth at Mark Project. Sindy Becker announced a $50,000 matching grant for the tennis courts from the Pasternack Family Fund and the hope that even more individuals will join those that collectively donated close to $20,000 to date. Escrow accounts for the playground and the tennis courts have been established and are growing daily. A Justin Kolb Musicale Evening is taking place on March 16th- see the invite herewith. So join in with enthusiasm and make a donation today! The plans are exciting and offer some form of athletic or exercise option for one and all. The preflood park was used extensively by residents of the surrounding community, the new park when it is completed will certainly bring even more people to Fleischmanns. "If you build it, they will come !"

SKENE HOURS Weds, Thurs, Fri 15 pm Saturday 10 am2 pm Sun, Mon, Tues Closed

Fleischmanns Factoid The building known today as the Community Bank building has always been a bank; built in 1911, it has a keystone at the top of the facade showing the year of construction, instead of a cornerstone. Many different banks have occupied the space over the years and at times part of the building was used by other businesses, such as a drug store, and medical offices.

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Letter from Mayor Pascarella ..

Greetings to Everyone in the Fleischmanns Community, Even though we are in the dead of winter, spring is just around the corner. That means the wheels are already in motion as we are shaping another busy year for our Village. The wonderful events that Fleischmanns First sponsors draw attention to the many good things we have to offer. The Village government is continuing the process of planning and rebuilding in the wake of the devastation from hurricane Irene. We are also preparing for another important function of our democracy, Village Election Day. This year there will actually be four out of the five Village elected positions on the ballot. Normally there would have been just three including two trustees and the mayor's seat. However due to an early resignation last year there will be an extra position on the ballot to fill the remaining year in that term. The bottom line is that there is a lot on the line this year. If you are a voter in the Village of Fleischmanns you will help shape the future of this year and years to come. Village Election Day is Tuesday March 19th between 12 and 9 pm so be sure to make it down to the library to exercise your right to vote. If you live in the Village but are not registered to vote in the Village election you have one last chance to do so. On Saturday March 9 between 12 and 5 pm you can go to the library to register. Regardless of who you support, casting your vote helps strengthen our great democracy so we need to hear from you! Sincerely, Todd Pascarella, Mayor
Fleischmanns Flyer Editors Rob Alverson Linda Anderson Ezra Birnbaum Paula DeSimone John Duda Joyce Greenberg Jeanne Malaxos Michelle Sidrane

If you have something youd like to submit to be included in the Fleischmanns Flyer please write to: or PO Box 111, Fleischmanns, NY 12430

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