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March 2015


Fleischmanns First
Meeting Notes
Meeting was convened by Vice President Winifred
Zubin at 9:30

Maple Festival report was made by Michelle
Sidrane. Activities and events of Saturday,
March 21 were reviewed with emphasis to the
new Sap House 5K Run/Walk and the addition
of live music to the Maple Bake Off Café-see
Save the Date on page 1 for times and details
Memorial Day Update-Currently seeking vendors-see vendor application inside
Membership Report- Marilyn Ringel and Anita
Rubin have done an outstanding job of contacting members and getting them to renew. In addition, Marilyn has called everyone in the
Fleischmanns phone book and invited them to
participate. Thank you to Marilyn and Anita
for a job well done.
Fleischmanns Forums initiative will now be
chaired by Carol Birnbaum and John Hoeko.
Todd Pascarella, Mayor, reported that the playground work will begin April 1 and should be
completed by June 1. There will be a call out
for volunteers to help with the construction.
The Bridge Street foot bridge design is in process.
Fleischmanns First will participate in Main
Street Boot Camp on March 23 and 24.

Remember to
Vote ~
March 18th
Skene Library
Noon - 9pm

SAVE THE DATE March 21, 2015
8-Noon Maple Pancake Breakfast,
Fleischmanns Community Church
$7 adults, $5 children 3-12
8:30am Registration Sap House 5 K
Run/Walk, $30 fee, includes
breakfast, shirt and shuttle
8:45am Shuttle to Vly Creek Maple Farm
9:00am Run/Walk begins
1-3:30pm Maple Bake Off Café at La Cabana
Pick up a Maple savory meal from
La Cabana or Ate O Ate Food Truck.
Judging and Ribbon awards
for Bake Off entries at 2pm-Auction
to follow. $15 entrance fee includes
music by Jeanne Palmer and
Friends, coffee, tea, maple sugar
cookies, maple walnut ice cream
from Pine Hill/Fleischmanns Rotary
3:30pm Crowning of the Maple Royalty

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Fleischmanns Then

Making a Living in Fleischmanns...
The sport of skiing in the Fleischmanns area began several decades
before Belleayre opened. As early as the 1930's, skiing was becoming popular in New York State, and by 1936, the New York Central
Rail Road was running special ski trains from NYC up to the Catskills. The first commercial ski slope was in Phoenicia, but quickly
small slopes were created all over. There was one in Fleischmanns,
off of Todd Mountain Road run by DePitts. In prior years, hotels
and guest houses all closed in the early fall. Now they could house
guests and make money in the winter as well. The Museum has in
its collection a 1937 document created by the Catskill Mountain Ski
Club listing places one could stay in the Fleischmanns area--with 57
entries! Rooms could be had for as little as a dollar per night. If you
felt rich, you could take one of the four dollar rooms. Although the
ski trains ran only until the late 1940's,skiing is still a major factor in
our local economy.
Preparations are underway for the eventful Memorial Day Weekend; Skene Library will be holding its annual book sale on Saturday, May 23, in conjunction with the Fleischmanns First Street
Fair. We are looking for donations of good used books and DVDs
for the sale, and to add to the Library’s collections. (No textbooks
please!) Books and DVDs may be dropped off at the Library any
time during regular hours.
Fleischmanns First will participate in MAIN STREET BOOT CAMP to be held at Hannah on March 23 and 24. This is a two day
intensive training and network conference intended to help us embrace opportunities and address issues on our Main Streets. For
more information go to

MARCH/APRIL CALENDAR ~ Fleischmanns’ Events - Save the Date!
March 18th

Wednesday, Village Elections, noon-9pm, Skene Library

March 21st

Saturday, Maple Festival

April 11th

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

April 13th

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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Fleischmanns First and our Community mourn the loss of Hilton Kelly who passed away last week at the age of
89. We reprint here, from the March 2009 issue of Fleischmanns Flyer a piece on Stella and Hilton Kelly based on
an interview with them in their former home on Big Red Kill. Hilton, we will miss you!
Playin’ to the Dance
Stella Mech Kelly was born in New York City but has lived all her life but two years in Fleischmanns. Along with her two
sisters, Helen and Anna, and two brothers, Ed and Carl, Stella grew up on a farm on Breezy Hill Road. Upon graduation
from high school, she worked for the telephone company in the building across from the supermarket in the village. Until
the year before last, for forty-three years she had a postal route and she knows every mailbox and their owners in the territory.
Well loved and cherished by her neighbors, far and wide, her retirement party was so well attended they had to have two
sheet cakes. But her biggest fan is Hilton Kelly also known as fiddle1. Hilton grew up at the “head of the valley,” above the
old Bedell post office, no longer in existence. Most of us know that area as the Red Kill Valley. Although they both went to
Fleischmanns school they didn’t meet until one fateful night at the Halcott Grange when Hilton was “playin’ to the dance.”
Hilton who started playing fiddle when he was 5 ½ and called his first dance when he was 12, was fiddling and calling the
square dancing, and Stella had arrived with her sister Anna and beau Stanley. Although Hilton first picked Anna out to
dance with, it is Stella who captured his heart.
Hilton’s family farm on Red Kill Road didn’t have electricity until 1947. That year he wanted to surprise his mother with a
refrigerator. He asked Stella to help him pick one out. They were hard to come by but a store in Stamford was selling them so he and Stella traveled there to pick one out. When the farm was sold his brother and sister insisted
Hilton take it and use it as an extra in their basement. Today 61 years later it is still in use in the house Hilton built
in 1953 and in which Stella and Hilton raised their two children, Linda and Lynn. Stella and Hilton have four
grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Together they’ve been “playin’ to the dance” for over sixty years.
October will be their 60th wedding anniversary!

Memorial Day Street Fair Application ~ Saturday May 23 th 2015 9am to 4pm
Vendor/Org. Name:_____________________________ Contact Person:______________________________


State & Zip Code

Phone:____________________________ Email:________________________________________________
Circle the type of goods you will bring

*Antiques *Specialty Foods *Tag sale

*Handmade Crafts/Goods *Art *Clothes

Org. (Tax ID # _______________)

Describe Your Merchandise or Organizations Tabling Materials:___________________________________
Who Will be Staffing Your Table? (Name & Contact #):_________________________________________


The Village of Fleischmanns, Fleischmanns First, its organizers & committees assume no responsibility whatsoever for any property
brought to the street fair & are hereby discharged from any & all liability for any loss, injury or damage to persons or property that may
be sus-tained while on the premises. The signatory below is responsible for keeping space clean & orderly and for removing all tarps,
merchandise, etc. from the site by 6 PM on Saturday.


Once your application & check are received, your spot is reserved.
Make a copy of this form for your reference before mailing! No Refunds
Make checks payable (in the amount of $30, non-profits $10) to MARK Group/Fleischmanns First and send with
completed application by May 1st 2015 to: Yvonne Reuter, c/o Fleischmanns First, PO Box 111, Fleischmanns, NY 12430-0274.
For information, please contact Yvonne Reuter at 845-254-3030 or 201-447-4632, e-mail

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Letter from Mayor Pascarella…..
Fleischmanns Flyer

Greetings Fleischmanns Community,
Winston Churchill once said, "If you're going through hell, keep going." That just about sums it up for
this second consecutive beyond- brutal winter that we are enduring. The good news is that Fleischmanns
is about to come out the other side, and there is good stuff to look forward to this spring. Over the winter, the Village awarded a contract for building the new playground in the park. Construction can begin
on April 1st, or soon thereafter, weather permitting. The funding for this project has been in place for
some time now, and is a combination of private donations, a NYS grant, and FEMA flood recovery
money. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who made a donation towards the playground, the M-ARK project for procuring the grant funds, and Larry Reilly and Ben Fenton for wrangling as much as they could from FEMA for the project. It will be great to have a state-or-the-art playground in Fleischmanns for the children of this community to play on once again. There will be community participation in the construction of the playground so stay tuned if you are interested in helping.
Once this is done, there are still many projects left to work on, including the concession stand/restroom
building, and Village pool. If we stay positive, we can continue to build on the progress made thus far.
Be well, and happy spring!

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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