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June 2014

June 2014 ***CELEBRATING ONE HUNDRED YEARS*** Fleischmanns First June Meeting Notes Meeting was called to order


Fleischmanns First

June Meeting Notes

Meeting was called to order at 9:30am

Treasurers Report-current year on plan; budget for FY 2015 will be presented at July meeting. Priorities are Creating Community: Fleischmanns Flyer, Monthly meetings, collegial volunteer opportunities, welcome initiative; Economic redevelopment: Bring positive attention to Fleischmanns, Special events funding appli- cation for Fleischmanns community organizations, fo- rums on community issues, support Fleischmanns Busi- ness Alliance.

Skene Memorial Library requested a grant to support its summer children’s program at a cost of $200. Approved by consensus.

Nomination Committee presented the following slate for a vote:

President, Yvonne Reuter; Vice President, Winifred Zubin; , Leadership Committee: Rob Alverson, Carol Birnbaum, Carol O’Beirne, Todd Pascarella, Janet Steigleiner, Michelle Sidrane, and officers

Slate of officers and Leadership Committee was elected by unanimous decision.

Memorial Day Street Fair was a success. Yvonne Reuter reported that the expenses were down over budget and the committee will evaluate the advertising plan further with a goal to becoming more profitable. The winning raffle ticket was drawn. Mike Finberg was the winner.

raffle ticket was drawn. Mike Finberg was the winner. Dear Friends of Fleischmanns First , Congratulations

Dear Friends of Fleischmanns First,

Congratulations to our new slate of Officers for fiscal year 2015 who were voted in unanimously at our June Fleischmanns First meeting! Led by Yvonne Reuter, as president, I know our organi- zation will continue to build community and enhance the Village of Fleischmanns. As President for the last two years and as a member of the Leadership Committee (LC) for two years before, I will con- tinue on the LC next year. Our organization, now in its sixth year, is a driver in our community providing community connectedness through the publication of the monthly Fleischmanns Flyer and the planning and presentation of Fleischmanns Forums on topics of importance and interest to the 12430 area. We produce community events designed to bring people into the Village and to visit our restaurants and retail venues. The annual Memorial Day Street Fair was a great success this year, as was the Maple Festival and the new Pumpkin Festival last fall. Monies raised from these events support our other free activities such as the children’s Howl…ween party, and is always a great time.

Fleischmanns First is not only an advocate for the Village but is action minded. Members of Fleischmanns First get involved with clean up and beautifications projects throughout the Village, such as the facelift 17 of our members gave the town gazebo this past fall. Just a few weeks ago, we joined in a cleanup and weeding of the gazebo garden along with other volunteers from the Village. We weeded and prepared the bed of the Fleischmanns First initiat- ed Community Garden, now in its second year. Ten of the twelve plots are already planted by Village and area residents. The Cub Scout Troop 54 just participated in the weeding and planting of the pumpkin seedlings in our Pumpkin Patch, which will be open for ‘pick your own’ in October.

Friends Letter continued on page 3

your own’ in October. Friends Letter continued on page 3 Pumpkin Patch Planted What looked to

Pumpkin Patch Planted

What looked to be an overwhelming job on Monday morning, June 16 th quickly became a well organized and orchestrated activity when Cub Scout Pack 54 took the project on. Arriving Just after school, with many of the kids coming by school bus, the Cub Scouts and their siblings divided into groups; half were weeding and half were planting. In one hour, five 60 foot rows were weed- ed , planted and watered. Fleischmanns First thanks Cub Scout Troup 54, their parents and grandparent in attendance, for their terrific work. We look forward to seeing them in the fall when they will each receive a pumpkin for their efforts.

The cornerstone of the Pumpkin Festival which will take place over Columbus Day weekend is the ‘pick you own pumpkin’ event. We hope to see you then!

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Fleischmanns Then and Now

2 - FLEISCHMANNS FLYER - June 2014 Fleischmanns Then and Now As the community of Griffin's
2 - FLEISCHMANNS FLYER - June 2014 Fleischmanns Then and Now As the community of Griffin's

As the community of Griffin's Corners grew, houses of worship were built. In 1895, the Epis- copal Community raised funds from their parish- ioners and built a modest church on Main Street. Later it became a Catholic Church, and many folks today still remember attending ser- vices there. It is now a private residence.

New to the Skene Memorial Library Collection

The Target” by David Baldacci. “Missing You” by Harlan Coben. “By Its Cover” by Donna Leon. “All Our Names” by Dinaw Mengestu. “Long Man” by Amy Green. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. “The Invention of Wings” Sue Monk Kidd. “Long Man” by Amy Green. “The Accident” by Chris Pavone. “ Love Nina: A Nanny Writes Home” by Nina Stibbe. All of the above are Fiction.

Summer Hours at Skene, from June 30-August 30 are 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm Satur- day, Closed Sunday

FF Meeting Notes Continued….

Pumpkin Patch update was given by Michelle Sidrane. Madalyn Warren of Roxbury Farms has, once again, donated the pumpkin seedlings which is very generous. The patch is in need of weeding and we will be assisted by the Cub Scout troop in weeding and planting the patch. See article.

Fleischmanns Alliance for Business update was presented by Jason Fomme and John Hoeko. John has sent a letter to the DEC requesting that they move forward on the Belleayre resort.

John Granito recommended a recognition Day take place to thank all the benefactors of Fleischmanns. It was suggested that this be incorporated into the next Memorial Day Event. The Committee will consider this.

The status of the Fleischmanns pool was discussed and it was decided that Fleischmanns First make a recommendation to the Village Trustees that there be a review of whether the monies currently in escrow for the Park could be transferred to the expenses of replacing the pool. Michelle Sid- rane agreed to bring the recommendation to the Village.

A request to apply pressure to speed up the LFA study was made.

John Hoeko reported on the stream clean up initiative under the auspices of Trout Unlimited. Fleischmanns First wants to participate and is await- ing dates.

Meeting adjourned at 11:am, The next meeting of Fleischmanns First is Satur- day, July 5 th , 9:30 at La Cabana

Skene Library to Present 3 Kids’ Programs in August

Thanks to a generous grant from Fleischmanns First, voted on at the June 7 meeting, Skene Memorial Library will present 3 programs for children over the summer. With the loss of Kids in the Kaatskills programs, Skene has at- tempted to fill the void with a variety of programs for kids, but as ever, budget constraints are an issue. With the securing of these funds from Fleischmanns First, Skene will be presenting 3 sci- ence-related arts and crafts programs.

Leading the programs will be Amy Royal, art teacher, who has previously presented lively kids programs at Skene. Each of the three sessions will focus on a crafts project related to the theme of wind. One session will focus on kites, another on windsocks. This summer, New York State's summer reading program for children is science themed and the Skene program will dovetail with that focus

Sessions will be held on 3 successive Thursday afternoons, August 7, 14, & 21 from 1 - 3 PM. There is no fee for participating. For more information, please call the Library Director at 254-4581.

information, please call the Library Director at 254 - 4581. Trout Unlimited Sponsoring Fleischmanns Streams Cleanup

Trout Unlimited Sponsoring Fleischmanns Streams Cleanup

Join with volunteers from Trout Unlimited and Fleischmanns First on Satur- day, July 27 th to clean up our streams from one end of the Village to the other. Meet at the Village Parking lot at 10am. Refreshments will be provided after the clean up by La Cabana, Fleischmanns/Pine Hill Rotary and the Fleisch- manns Supermarket. See you there and then!

June/July Calendar ~ Fleischmanns’ Events - Save the Date!

June 26th

July 5th

July 14th

Thursday, Fleischmanns Business Group Meeting, 5:30pm, Skene

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

Village BoardTrustee Meeting, 6pm, 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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Dear Friends Letter Continued….

This year Fleischmanns First announced its interest in supporting programs and activities of other organizations in the community. We just approved a grant to support children’s programs at the Skene Memorial Library this summer. In the fall of 2012 Fleisch- manns First hosted a business networking event at La Cabana; we proposed the 12430 business owners form a business networking group that could benefit each of them individually and collective- ly, as well as help the Village as a whole develop economically. A few months later a small group developed and today the Fleisch- manns Alliance for Business (FAB) is an active force in the Vil- lage. Fleischmanns First sponsored the first cooperative ad last June and I am pleased that FAB continues to offer its members opportunities for joint advertising and marketing. We look for- ward to receiving additional grant requests from other Village groups in the near future.

Speaking on behalf of Fleischmanns First at the June Village Trustees meeting, I recommended to the Village Trustees that they acknowledge the Fleischmanns Pool as a Village asset and asked that the Mayor appoint a committee to develop a plan for funding and building a new pool to be operational by next sum- mer. I am pleased to report that such a committee is now in place! Thank you for your support of Fleischmanns First. Join us in our vision for Fleischmanns and help transform the Village into the thriving community we all know it can be! Our monthly meetings take place the first Saturday of every month; we would love your ideas and participation. It takes a Village…


Michelle Sidrane President, Fleischmanns First

Sincerely, Michelle Sidrane President, Fleischmanns First Fleischmanns First seeking 2 summer interns for a part time

Fleischmanns First seeking 2 summer interns for a part time job to water, weed and tend the Pumpkin Patch. Job begins immediately and runs through the summer. A stipend is available. Please contact Winifred Zubin at 254-5312 or Michelle Sidrane at 254-5615.

Zubin at 254 - 5312 or Michelle Sidrane at 254 - 5615. Fleischmanns Community Garden Update
Zubin at 254 - 5312 or Michelle Sidrane at 254 - 5615. Fleischmanns Community Garden Update

Fleischmanns Community Garden Update

Ten of the twelve available plots at the Community garden are planted; seeds have sprouted and the seedlings are growing as seen in the attached photograph. Thank you to the group of vol- unteers from Fleischmanns First and the gardeners themselves who weeded the area and readied the plots for planting. The gar- den now has a refurbished bench donated by Yvonne Reuter and we expect the new gate and sign to be added shortly. If you are interested in planting one of the two remaining plots, contact Lynne Collins or Carol Birnbaum.

remaining plots, contact Lynne Collins or Carol Birnbaum. If it’s Memorial Day, there must be a

If it’s Memorial Day, there must be a Fleischmanns Street Fair

Despite what was a somewhat dreary day, The Annual Fleischmanns First Memorial Day Street Fair was a success- ful day. Vendors set up their stands along Main Street and talked with and conducted commerce with the multitude of people who were happy to visit Fleischmanns and check out the activity. Live musical entertainment was performed all day from the Gazebo. The food court new this year was do- ing a brisk business and by 2pm the Fleischmanns Fireman’s Chicken Barbecue was sold out!

Fleischmanns First was actively selling raffles for a beautiful mosaic topped café table and chairs. At the June meeting of Fleischmanns First, the winning ticket belonging to Mike Finberg was drawn at random. Congratulations Mike.

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event such a suc- cess! And a special thanks to Yvonne Reuter who with Rob Alverson made the event possible. See you next year at the Fair!

Fleischmanns Local Stream Study

Over 30 people attended the LFA meeting and presentation by the Eastern Branch Flood Commission held at Skene Me- morial Library on May 19th. The purpose of the meeting was to present an outline of the project, gather public input about flooding, and collect ideas for flood hazard mitigation options. Tropical storms Irene & Lee caused mas- sive damage in 2011. The challenge is to manage and reduce the risk of flooding and erosion in Fleischmanns.

and reduce the risk of flooding and erosion in Fleischmanns. Discussion was held about mitigation strategies

Discussion was held about mitigation strategies to reduce potential exposure and losses, the mitigation planning ap- proach, area mitigation goals and objectives.

One approach discussed was the maintaining the ability of

streams to move water, sediment, and debris through popu- lated areas while using the natural capacity of floodplains to store water and reduce hazards in the stream system. There may be potential to excavate certain areas of the floodplain

to increase high flows thereby reducing flooding in flood

prone areas of the village. Bridges that are acting as hydrau- lic constrictions and contributing to flooding will be identi- fied.

A summary of the meeting and the slide presentation on the

project are viewable on the website.

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Letter from Mayor Pascarella…

Greetings Fleischmanns Community,

I am so thankful that summer is finally here! What a sweet reward for such a harsh winter it is to see so much greenery and color all around.

I want to thank all of you who helped make the Memorial Day weekend street fair a great success this year. Have a great summer season everyone and enjoy the warm weather!


Todd Pascarella, Mayor

Fleischmanns Flyer


Rob Alverson

Linda Anderson

Paula DeSimone

John Duda

Joyce Greenberg

Jeanne Malaxos

Michelle Sidrane

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.


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