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January 2015


Fleischmanns First
January 3rd Meeting Notes

President Yvonne Reuter called the meeting to order at 9:30 with a special thank you to Anita Rubin
and Marilyn Ringel for their successful efforts in
recruiting new and renewing past members .
Fleischmanns First membership, those contributing
a donation of $10 or more, is now 116.
Maple Festival – Michelle Sidrane announced the
selection of March 22nd weekend for this year’s
Maple Fest which will be held at La Cabana. At a
Committee meeting later in the day, it was decided
to hold all Maple Fest activities on Saturday,
March 22nd beginning the day with the Maple
Breakfast at Fleischmanns Community Church, the
Maple Bake Off Café in the early afternoon and the
crowning of the Maple Court in the late afternoon.
Memorial Day – Yvonne looking to bring in more
vendors. Suggestions given were announcing the
event on Facebook – Calling in person – using Art
Times paper as a resource.
Pool – Michelle reported that Village board at the
December meeting has given approval to Fleischmanns First to plan, implement and fundraise for a
new pool as well as explore opening the current
pool for 2015.
Peg Ellsworth gave updates on the following:
 Theater – Contract in place to repair roof
and façade.
 New Smart Growth Funds are available for
Main St. and New Home Ownership
 Christmas decoration Community Competition suggested by Peg to get more attention for all villages. The Roxbury competition got tremendous write up in CMN.
Forums – April suggested for next Forum; Yvonne
will get in touch with Ann Jackowitz who is heading that committee.
Positive comments made on how nice the Village
sign looks with new snowflakes and garland put up
by Rob Alverson.

Meeting adjourned at 10:45am
Next monthly meeting, February 7th, 9:30 La Cabana.

A Village Pool is a Village Asset;
Planning a New Fleischmanns Pool for 2016!
As you make the right turn from Route 28 onto Main Street,
visitors to our Village pass a sign of welcome on both the left
and the right. The sign on the right lists the highlights or assets of our Village. Included in that list and at the top, is the
Municipal Pool. Last summer due to budget constraints, the
Municipal pool was closed.
"Open the pool" was the cry from many community members when the pool closing was announced last spring. In
response to the outcry Fleischmanns First, in June 2014, formally asked the Village to acknowledge the pool as an asset
and establish a Committee to research both repair, if possible, of the existing pool
and research the costs
and feasibility for a new
Recently Fleischmanns
First presented a proposal to the Village
board and the Mayor asking that they assign Fleischmanns
First the task of researching, planning and building a new
pool and developing and implementing a fundraising strategy
to accomplish this task.
This is a long term project; we anticipate applying for funding available for 2016. In the meantime, Fleischmanns First
hopes to open the existing pool this summer with a reduced
financial burden and has allocated existing funds to explore
how to make the pool usable for summer 2015.
Some will say that we have a new state of the art recreation
center in Arkville so why put our efforts into the Fleischmanns’ Village pool? We believe that there are many swimmers that want to take advantage of the sun and summer
weather and swim in an outdoor pool. Furthermore, we hope
to incorporate a toddler pool and activity area that will be
suitable to families as well as lap swimmers. Fleischmanns
needs to hold on to its assets if we are to attract new businesses, homeowners and visitors.
We will report over the coming months on our progress and
look forward to your feedback and support.

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News from Skene Library

Fleischmanns Then

In December, Skene sent out its annual fund-raising appeal, to
which many have already responded. We thank you for your generosity.
Sadly, in this era of extremely tight municipal budgets and escalating costs, we rely more and more on our donors. While Skene receives funding from Margaretville Central School, The Town of
Middletown, and some State funding, as well as the major support
we receive from the Village of Fleischmanns (for a tiny village, the
level of support for the library is terrific). A large part of the budget
relies on donations.

Making a Living in Fleischmanns...
For 2015, the Fleischmanns Flyer history piece
will focus on the many ways over the years people have made a living here. Not always easy,
but we'll see many ways folks found over the

If you have not already done so, please consider making a donation
to Skene. Your donation will help support our service to the community, by increasing our book-buying budget, helping with the
purchase of new DVDs, by helping to defray heating costs and
providing the means to keep the Library open and accessible to our
Donations may be mailed to: Skene Memorial Library, PO Box
189, Fleischmanns, NY 12430

In the years before refrigeration, ice harvesting
was big business. In the depths of winter, ice
would be taken from frozen ponds and lakes,
and stored in ice houses. Many of you may still
have a small shed on your property--if there are
remnants of sawdust, and you can't figure out
what the building was used for, there is a good
chance it was used for storage of the harvested
ice. The ice kept surprisingly long, so that hotels and homes could rely on it to keep dairy
products and other produce cool well into the
summer. It was also important in the shipping
of Catskills region milk to New York City. The
ice industry flourished for many years, until the
coming of mechanical refrigeration.

Skene’s New Acquisitions

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Euphoria by Lily King
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Deadline by John Sanford
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Heroes’ Welcome by Louisa Young
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana

 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in
the End by Atul Gawande

February/March Calendar ~ Fleischmanns’ Events - Save the Date!
February 7th

Saturday, Fleischmanns First monthly Meeting, 9:30 am, La Cabana
Come & meet your neighbors and support your village

February 9th

Monday, Village Board Meeting at 6:00 pm at the Skene Memorial Library

February 14th

Happy Valentine’s Day!

March 7th

Village Registration, Noon - 5:00pm

March 18th

Election Day, Noon - 9:00pm

March 22nd

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 posted here, please contact the Fleischmann's Flyer

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Fleischmanns Celebrates the Holidays!

We all make New Year’s resolutions, some are achievable and some are not. Here are some reasons why you should
consider volunteering.

It makes a difference!
It is meaningful!
It is needed!
You’ll meet new people!
It is easy to do and you can make the time!
It is rewarding!
It produces results!
It feels good!

To all of you who volunteer your time whether it is with Fleischmanns First, attending meetings, help in planning events,
work those events, attend those events, decorate the Village, work on the Fleischmanns Flyer or volunteer for the
Fleischmanns Holiday Party or at Fleischmanns Community Church, or work on behalf of the Village as an elected official or sit on the planning board or any other Village committee, we thank you and applaud you!
Make 2015 a year of successful volunteerism!

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Letter from Mayor Pascarella…..
Fleischmanns Flyer

Greetings Fleischmanns Community!
Winter weather is upon us and the Village looks so quaint every time we get a blanketing of snow. In one sense things go quite dormant this time of year out of necessity. In
another sense, much preparation is underway for the busy and short summer construction season ahead. We are hoping to finish the last of the flood related projects including rebuilding the playground and concession stand, and the building of footbridges.
Work is underway, lead by Fleischmanns First, to see to the revival of the Village
pool. This is all in addition to several other infrastructure related projects as well. It is
great to see that the renovation process has also begun on the theater building with
patching the roof as the first priority, and facade restoration will begin when the
weather permits. So much to do! Thank you everyone for your hard work, support, and

Rob Alverson
Linda Anderson
Paula DeSimone
John Duda
Joyce Greenberg
Jeanne Malaxos
Michelle Sidrane

Todd Pascarella, Mayor

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

Printing and distribution of Fleischmanns Flyer are
made possible in part by grants from A. Lindsay and
Olive B. O'Connor Foundation and The Pasternak
Family Foundation.

MARK Project
PO Box 516
Arkville, NY 12406

Fleischmanns First


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