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November 2014


Fleischmanns First

Fleischmanns First

November 1st Meeting Notes
The meeting was called to order by President Yvonne
Reuter at 9:30am

Yvonne reported on the Howl…ween parties, held
on October 25th.
The children’s party was well attended; approximately 35-45 children participated in the event and
then paraded in their costumes to the Gazebo where
they received goodie bags.
The adult party was attended by fewer people than
in previous years. The committee will discuss the
events and suggestions for next year on November
15th at Yvonne’s home at 3:30.
Art Project-In follow up to the groups’ interest in
moving forward with a mural painting on one of
Fleischmanns building exterior walls, Yvonne has
contacted the artist who successfully painted a mural on the Pizza/laundry building in Arkville. The
artist, Joanna Murphy, is excited about working on
a project in Fleischmanns. Yvonne to confirm previously obtained permission from the owner of the
Post Office/Supermarket building.
Membership Renewal-Anita Rubin and Marilyn
Ringel will call all those who have not renewed for
Fiscal Year 2015 ending June 1, 2015. Please send
in your membership renewal, suggested minimum
donation of $10, if you have not done so already, to
PO Box 111, Fleischmanns, NY 12430.
John Hoeko reported on his meeting with Senator
Seward during which he discussed the economy of
the Central Catskills region…Phoenicia to Andes.
Senator Seward considers the Belleayre resort an
important issue and top priority.
Larry Reilly gave the Village report in Todd Pascarella’s absence. Drainage work will begin shortly
between Depot and Bridge Streets. A second phase
will address the drain replacement in front of The
Tinderbox. NY State Parks Department is currently
reviewing the bid for the park concession.

Thank You

Meeting Notes Continued……

Rob Alverson has contacted the manufacturer of the
LED Snowflakes regarding cost of purchasing additional
lights for the eastern entrance of the Village. He has purchased smaller snowflakes for the Fleischmanns sign and
will research whether any of the LED Snowflakes purchased last year need replacement. Rob will purchase
new holiday decorations shortly. Please join Rob for holiday decorating on November 30th at 10am.
The following resolution was passed by consensus and is
to be presented to the Village of Fleischmanns leadership.
Fleischmanns First requests that the Village explore with
an attorney conversant with legal options that would allow the Village to retain consent over the transfer of historic assets in the Village of which the Theater is one,
such as a “net net net lease.”

The next FF meeting is December 6th, 9:30am at La Cabana.

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Fleischmanns Then and Now
Tennis has always been a popular
Fleischmanns. Courts have graced the Village Park for many years. During the
tenure of mayor Murray Mayes, the
number of courts grew from 2 to 4.
The Fleischmanns Tennis Tournament began in 1974; when the additional courts were added, the tournament was expanded to include doubles as well as singles competition.
The registration fee for the first
year's tournament was $1. Sadly the
courts were heavily damaged due to
the Hurricane Irene flooding. Their
restoration has recently been completed, and folks are playing
again. The 'then' image shows the
courts just after the flood in 2011.

Fleischmanns to get new
Barber Shop
I stopped by the storefront at
1033 Main Street to see the
renovations that Marino Delacruz was doing in advance of opening his new venture
in Fleischmanns. The ceiling is painted a
charcoal grey and three barber chairs are
ready to be placed. Vivae Colores will
open later this month; the telltale sign of
the barber pole is already installed outside.
Marino will be opened Monday-Thursday
from 9am to 7pm and 9am to 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Watch for the official
opening towards the middle of the month!

Skene’s New Books
The following books have been acquired and added to the Skene Library lending collection:

The Children Act by Ian McEwan
The Bone Clocks: A Novel by David Mitchell
History of the Rain: A Novel by Niall Williams
The Drop: A Novel by Dennis Lehane
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
Personal (A Jack Reacher Novel) by Lee
The Paying Guests by Sarah
Mrs. Hemingway: A Novel by
Naomi Wood

Fleischmanns Children’s
Holiday Party
The Fleischmanns Annual
Children’s Holiday Party
will be held on Sunday,
December 7th from 2-4pm at
Hall. This is a fantastic
annual event that has become a real community
Games, crafts,
homemade snacks, music,
and a very special visit from
Santa always make the afternoon special. Free....all
ages welcome!

This is our final issue for
2014 ~ wishing you and
your families a wonderful
Holiday Season!
See you in January!

November/December Calendar ~ Fleischmanns’ Events - Save the Date!
Nov. 30th

Sunday, Holiday Decorating-meet at the Gazebo at 10am

Dec. 6th

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

Dec. 7th

Sunday, Children’s Christmas Party at Fleischmanns Firehouse, 2 to 4pm

Dec. 8th

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

Dec. 21st

Saturday, Christmas Caroling, meet at 3:00pm at Fleischmanns Church parking lot
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 First HOWL…WEEN Event!!

Museum Volunteers Luncheon
On Saturday, November 1st, the Greater Fleischmanns Museum of Memories hosted
its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, again held at Mi Lupita. The yearly
event is held to thank the volunteers who help in so many ways during the year. As
always, Martin served up a feast that was enjoyed by all. Pictured are Don Kearney,
Mary Chesire, John Duda, Peggy Kearney, Marilyn Ringel, Mabel West, Dan Chesire,
and Ron Morse. It ended up being a working lunch, as plans for next year's season
were discussed, and some recent donations to the Museum were reviewed. A huge
thank you goes out to our volunteers.

Native Daughter Put to Rest
It is with sadness that we note the death of Hilda Finkel, 96, who died in Florida on October 14 th and was
buried in Congregation Bnai Israel Cemetary, Fleischmanns on Monday, October 21st . Her father was Max
Silverman, the owner and builder of the Fleischmanns Theater, Maxbuilt. Hilda last visited Fleischmanns in
September 2008. Below is the Fleischmanns Flyer story about her last visit to the Village where she was
A Native Daughter returns Home to Fleischmanns!
A few months ago, I received a call from Idalynn Finkel who explained that her mother, Hilda Silverman Finkel, now 90 years old
wanted to visit Fleischmanns where she had been raised. It had been over 50 years since Hilda had moved away from Fleischmanns
and it had been over 10 years since her last visit. Idalynn booked a suite at Breezy Hill Inn for her mother, herself and Edele, her
adopted sister. They would stay for five days. A couple of days later Hilda called with excitement about the visit. She had been in
touch with Adele Siegel and was eager to meet up with members of Congregation B’nai Israel. Her father was one of the founding
members. She graduated from Fleischmanns High School in the 1930s and was eager to find out about her classmates and Fleischmanns childhood friends.
The Finkel’s arrived in Fleischmanns on August 14 th. The first day was spent walking up and down Main Street and Wagner Avenue. The Silverman family had lived for a while in the house next to the synagogue when Hilda was a child and then moved further
up Wagner Avenue to a larger house, still standing across from the park. Hilda and her daughters visited both houses. Hilda was reluctant to tour her second childhood home for fear that her memories might be compromised. But fearful of meeting up with Fleischmanns natives she was not. She talked with several longtime Fleischmanns family members and exchanged memories from long ago.
Saturday the family attended services at Congregation B’nai Israel and were surrounded by Hilda’s nieces, nephews and grandnieces
and grandnephews all of whom had traveled from Long Island back to the ancestral home village. The members of the congregation
welcomed the family and especially Hilda home!
Hilda told us of dances at the Halcott Grange, wagon trips through the back roads of Fleischmanns, Red Kill and Halcott Center. Her
stories of the heyday of Fleischmanns were colorful and evocative! We hope Hilda will come back to visit with us all soon again!

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Letter from Mayor Pascarella…..
Fleischmanns Flyer

Dear Fleischmanns Community,
This year the fall colors were as spectacular as anyone could remember. What a beautiful natural gift. It was all over too soon though. People are busy around the Village
getting those last few projects done before winter, with the memory of last winter's severity as motivation. Two projects that will however have to wait until spring will be
the playground and the concession stand at the park. I already have them on my Christmas list, along with many others, and I have not been naughty, rather I have been quite
nice so I have full confidence they will happen.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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