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October 2014


Fleischmanns First
October 11th Meeting Notes
The meeting was called to order by President Yvonne Reuter. Approximately 22 were in attendance.

The Fleischmanns First booth at the Cauliflower booth
was well attended; eight new members and 15 membership renewals were completed as well as a brisk sale of
FF t-shirts.
The Halloween parties are scheduled for October 25th;
children’s party from 2 to 4pm, adults party 7pm and
onward-see separate story.
Fleischmanns First is eager to see the municipal pool
open next summer and a replacement pool for the following year. The consensus of the meeting was to pursue plans for a new pool and the related funding.
If you have not already renewed for this year, please do
so now. Send your minimum donation of $10 to Fleischmanns First, PO Box 111, Fleischmanns, NY 12430.
We’ll send you your FF signature bag upon receipt of
your donation.
Rob Alverson will organize the holiday decorations for
Main Street. Fleischmanns First decided to buy two
more lighted snowflakes to be placed on the pole next to
the Eastern Fleischmanns Village sign so that there is
visibility from Route 28. A discussion regarding sprucing up the Post Office/Supermarket building took place.
Yvonne will reach out to the owner and the painter who
did the mural in Arkville.
Treasurer and VP Winifred Zubin reported on our financials. We are on budget as planned for events. There is a
budget for community projects and grants that is as yet
untapped. Please contact Winifred or Michelle Sidrane
for an application for project funds.
Village update-Todd Pascarella reported as follows:
CFA has been submitted for a study and plans for a Biomass heating project.
The tennis courts are completed and that the concession
stand and playground are going out for bids.
Bridge Street Pedestrian Bridge plan has been given a go
ahead by the Village Trustees.
Theatre is owned by the Village and has just been approved for State and National Landmark status. There is
an interested party in the Theater. Anita Rubin recommended that the Village consider a net lease whereby the
tenet is responsible for the taxes, insurance and maintenance so that the Village can exercise control regarding
ownership. The meeting asked the Mayor to consult with
a real estate attorney in this regard.

Next meeting of Fleischmanns First is Saturday, November
21, 2014 9:30 at La Cabana

Fleischmanns First Invites
you to HOWL…WEEN!
Join the fun on Saturday,
Fleischmanns First hosts
the 3rd annual set of Halloween parties at 1053
Main Street (Mark Birman’s building across
from the supermarket).
The children’s party
which is free of charge
will be from 2- 4pm. The
party will feature holiday
related spooky and fun
activities including mask making, cookie decorating, the Spider
web game, Toss the Body party game, a photo booth, movies, Limbo and… new this year… a Pumpkin Piñata. And the grand finale
to begin at 3:45 will be a parade
of costume clad children walking
down Main Street and ending at
the Gazebo where attending children will receive a holiday surprise!
Later that evening, at 7pm the
Howling begins at the adult party.
As in the past this is a BYOB
event and guests are asked to
bring an appetizer/dish to pass. We provide the soda, seltzer and
paper goods. A fee of $10 gets you inside!
Please note the proceeds from the adult party cover the cost of the
children’s event!

Fleischmanns First Presence at Cauliflower Festival
Fleischmanns First hoisted its tent at the Cauliflower Festival on
September 27th to share the news about our work on behalf of
Fleischmanns. A poster featuring pictures from recent events in the
Village was prepared by Winifred Zubin and attracted many festival attendees to our booth. Fleischmanns First shirts were selling
briskly and many members stopped by to renew their membership.
If by chance you have not sent in your membership dues, please do
so soon. We ask for minimum donation of $10 to support the efforts of our volunteers and the events free to the Fleischmanns
community such as the Howl…ween party for children which will
be held this year on October 25th at 1035 Main Street.
Thank you to Winifred Zubin, Carol Birnbaum, Janet Steiglehner,
Marilyn Ringel, Michelle and Alan Sidrane and Larry Reilly for
volunteering to be on hand at the booth.

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Fleischmanns Then and Now

The park on Wagner Avenue has a long history with our village. The land, originally owned by the Fleischmann family, was used
for equestrian events and starting in 1895 for the then new game of baseball played by the Fleischmann’s owned Mountain Athletic
Club. Early in the 1900's, the field was also used for military training maneuvers. The early photo, from around 1913, shows the
elaborate grandstands. When the family sold their estate and left for good, they donated the land to the Village, which renamed itself
Fleischmanns to thank them for their generosity.
A number of years ago the baseball diamond was redone and for several seasons the revived Mountain Athletic Club played Vintage
Baseball there. The flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011 destroyed the baseball field as well as the tennis courts. The tennis courts
have just been redone and the rest of the park will be restored with a new playground soon.

Skene Invites Children to Visit the Library
Skene Library offers a large collection of books for children of all ages--from preschool to young
adult. While the majority of Skene’s programs for children take place over the summer, kids are always welcome to come in and browse for books, videos, and DVDs. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids to
Skene to familiarize them with all that Skene has to offer. Children are encouraged to sign up for a free library card and to check out items from our extensive collection, which includes many great classics of children’s literature, as well as recent additions.
Students are welcome to use the four computers, with free printing of school work offered. The Library is
actually a great, quiet place to do homework. Skene participates in the 1000 Books Club Program, in cooperation with the Margaretville Central School Library. This program is targeted at preschool and early elementary school children
living in our area. Come in and sign up to receive your tote bag and starting selection of books.
Skene is open during the fall as follows: Tuesday-Friday, 1 PM - 5 PM; Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM.

October/November Calendar ~ Fleischmanns’ Events - Save the Date!
Oct. 25th

Saturday, Howl…ween Children’s Party 3-5pm, Adult Party 7 +, 1053 Main St.

Nov. 1st

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

Nov. 10th

Monday, Village Board Meeting at 6:00 pm at the Skene Memorial Library
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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Tennis Anyone!
On Saturday, September 27th, over 60 people attended the formal
opening of the Fleischmanns Tennis Courts. Almost three years
after the flood which played havoc throughout our Village, the
courts have been replaced and are ready for play. A ceremony lead
by longtime tennis guru and founder of the Fleischmanns Open,
Sindy Becker, took place courtside on a beautiful fall day. Although leaves have begun to turn and fall, not one appeared on the
pristine courts. Sindy thanked everyone who donated to the courts
fund and acknowledged the herculean effort of Village Trustees
Ben Fenton and Larry Reilly who were responsible for working
with FEMA on every last detail required and the Mayor, Todd
Pascarella for his leadership.
The monument which had stood by the courts commemorating the
donors of an earlier restoration has been updated to include an
inscription dedicated to the new courts and donors to the courts
replacements. The monument now stands by the entrance to the
new courts.


Newly Planted Trees Add to the Community Garden
Nine volunteers gave their time and brawn to plant eight trees
donated by Transitions Catskills to Fleischmanns. The trees are
dwarf apple trees, four red and four yellow delicious variety.
They are planted on the plot of land across from the pool and
next to the Fleischmanns Community Garden.
Fleischmanns is grateful to Transitions Catskills for the trees,
to Hubbell Brothers for digging the planting wells, to Mayor
Pascarella for organizing the effort and to the Fleischmanns
First volunteers who helped immediately after the monthly
meeting on Saturday October 11th.
Expect to see apple blossoms in the spring and first fruit by the
end of the summer next year.

Fleischmanns Alliance for Business
FAB: Fleischmanns Alliance for Business has had a productive and busy few months! To date the organization has worked on several projects, all aimed at developing a sense of awareness for Fleischmanns and its
businesses. They include developing a branding strategy and logo, a published brochure listing over 30 12430
businesses, group ad in the Guide, Kaatskill Life and Belleayre Music Festival Playbill, a FAB Facebook
page with over 150 followers, a starter FAB website and the initial plans for a kiosk to be place in front of the
Skene Library.
All businesses in the 12430 area are encouraged to join and reap the benefits as follows:
 Special rates on group advertising (save $10 to hundreds of dollars on regional advertising)
 Design and layout of group ads, with custom designs for your business (save hundreds of dollars on design fees)
 A page on the FAB website (this is this era's version of Yellow Pages, really…)
 $500 website design (Leigh is offering this, which is 75% off her usual rates)
 Monthly email newsletter on Fleischmanns business activity (stay up to date painlessly!)
 Invitations to quarterly mixers (want to have everyone at your place? Let us know — it's a great way to build awareness.)
 Opportunities to put your marketing material out at special events at FAB booth (get your stuff out there free!)
 A chance to invest in the future of your business — and our community (priceless…)
Pick up your membership application from Kim O’Brien at The Tinderbox, Main Street, Fleischmanns.

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Letter from Mayor Pascarella…..
Fleischmanns Flyer

Dear Fleischmanns Community,
It is great to see people playing tennis again in the park now that the courts are finally complete. With
the construction fencing gone and the new railing in place up on Main Street, the park is finally starting
to feel more like a park again. More progress will follow soon as we start the concession stand and playground reconstruction.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank those from Fleischmanns First who helped plant the apple
trees, donated by Transitions Catskills, next to the community garden. It was a nice little project that
made good use of the space there, and it's always fun to be part of a volunteer effort that's doing something positive in the community.

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

Enjoy the rest of fall, so far it's been amazing.
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