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September 2015


Fleischmanns First Pumpkin Festival

Returns September 27th

Fleischmanns First Monthly Meeting

Highlights September 2015
Meeting opened by Pres. Winifred Zubin at 9:30

Financial Report- Winifred reported that the Leadership

Committee met on July 1 and reviewed the proposed
2016 budget. There is funding for all special events. Our
major donors have renewed.
Cauliflower Festival- Good opportunity for member
renewal. Marilyn Ringel reported that volunteers are
needed. The event is September 26th from 10-4pm.
Howlween_ Yvonne Reuter reported that plans are
underway. Both the Childrens and Adult parties will be
at La Cabana this year. There will be a DJ, food, cash
bar-entrance fee for Adult party is $20 in advance, $25
at the door.
Central Catskill Chamber of Commerce- Carol OBeirne
reported that the Scenic By-Way is underway. Strategies
include: graphics, the logo is a cat paw, and social media. There is also a theme song by Molly Mason and Jay
Unger. The Maple Festival is the dedicated event for
Fleischmanns. John Duda is the voting representative
from Fleischmanns.
Marge Miller, Town of Middletown Supervisor, reported on the status of the pedestrian bridge and the status of
DEP buy outs.
Old Business: Winter Event, need to explore further. We
need to get started on the 10 year anniversary of Fleischmanns First. It was suggested that the kickoff be the
Maple Festival.
The next meeting will be Saturday, September 12, 2015 at
9:30am at LaCabana

After a successful first year of growing pumpkins in 2013, we

were thwarted last year as the entire crop of pumpkin blossoms
were consumed by resident groundhogs. Regrettably, we had to
cancel the Festival but
we are back with a
vengeance this year.
Over 50 large pumpkins
are dotting the patch and
This years festival will
begin at 11am, Sunday,
September 27th at the
Pumpkin Patch, adjacent
to the Fleischmanns
Community Garden and
Apple Orchard, across
from Fleischmanns Park.
Families will have the
opportunity to pick their
very own pumpkin and
take it by hay wagon,
courtesy of Crazy Acres
Farms, to the Main Street Gazebo where the following activities
will be offered free of charge: face painting, pumpkin decorating
and scarecrow making.
Additionally, apple cider pressing will be demonstrated by Ryan
Trepani of Catskill Forest Association and cider donuts baked by
Zephyr will be offered. Fleischmanns Fire Department will join
in the festivities with a chicken barbecue, $7 a half chicken.
Join Fleischmanns First in celebration of the harvest
from 11am-2pm, Sunday September 27th. Admission
and participation is free for all!

Foothills Shoe Opens on Main Street

Marc Levenshus, owner of Foothills Shoe, has been driving through
Fleischmanns on a regular basis for the last three years and has noted what
he called the positive changes to Fleischmanns. The fixed up properties
on Main Street, the new tennis courts and playground and the approval of
the forthcoming Belleayre Resort are all contributing factors for his decision to move Foothills Shoe to Fleischmanns. Now six weeks since the
move, Marc is delighted with what he describes as more steady traffic in
the store and he reports a higher conversion rate, the percentage of people
visiting the store and buying an item, than in the Margaretville store. He
couldnt be more pleased!
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Fleischmanns Then
Making a Living in Fleischmanns
The beauty of our Catskills setting has long attracted artists to the Fleischmanns region. Obviously Woodstock is the epicenter of
Catskills art, but the Hudson Valley and the greater Catskills area all were attractive to painters. Over the years, a number of artists
have made Fleischmanns their home.
The first of note, Paul Sawyier, had been active in Kentucky for many years before he 'discovered' the Catskills in 1914. He quickly moved here, and died in
Fleischmanns in 1917. Sad to say, he did NOT make much of a living as a painter, and at the end of his life, depended on much charity. Quite a number of his late
works are scenes of Fleischmanns and the surroundings.
This pastoral view looking down
Breezy Hill Road towards the Old
Fire Hall is typical of his Catskills works.
Several generations later, beginning in the 1930s, a painter
Painting by Paul Sawyier
named William Panchak discovered our area, and was actively
painting here until his death in 1980. Recently we learned that he sold his paintings
from Main Street storefront now the home of Fur, Steel and Feathers. He is buried in
Mt. Tremper. His view of Main Street shown here gives a very different view of the
Old Fire Hall.
Not well-known at the time, but subsequently quite famous, was Alfredo Santos. He
lived here off and on from 1968 to 1985 and was active; but it was only much later, Painting by William Panchak
when the mural he had painted in the 1950's at San Quentin Prison in California
gained prominence that his work started to be appreciated more. Zoom Gallery has held several showings of his work, including
visits with him. Mr. Santos died earlier this year.
All three were enormously talented and inspired by the beauty of Fleischmanns as are we all!

Skene Library Programs for Fall

Saturday, September 26 at 2 PM, Skene Memorial Library
in Fleischmanns will present a program on Health Insurance choices for Seniors. Presenting this important topic
will be Donna Martino, from the Delaware County Office
of the Aging. With Open Season approaching, all Medicare enrollees are faced with a mass of plans from which to
choose. Ways to evaluate what works best for each individual will be discussed. The presentation will also be of benefit to those approaching Medicare eligibility and who are
wondering how to navigate the broad spectrum of offerings.
Saturday, October 10 at 2 PM, Skene Library will host film
-maker Eva Zelig (part-time resident of Halcott) who will
show her documentary film 'An Unknown Country. The
film tells the little-known story of refugees from Nazi persecution in Eastern Europe who found an unexpected welcome in Ecuador. Featuring firsthand accounts and archival
material, the story chronicles the exiles' perilous escape and
difficult adjustment as they remade their lives in an unknown land. A discussion with the film-maker will follow
the showing.
There is no charge for these programs. For more information, call Skene Library at 845-254-4581.

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Foothills Shoe Opens on Main Street Continued

The new store has a different format, changing from self-service to full service.
He and the two staff members help customers with fit and style. Marc has been
looking to open a new business consistent with the shoe business and thus the
new store offers an array of apparel, caps, t-shirts, sweaters, socks, and fleece
wear in addition to shoes, boots, sandals, and rain wear for women, men and
kids. Want a Fleischmanns cap or T-shirt, Foothills has them; shoe and clothing
brands such as Merrill, Columbia Sports, Timberland, North Face, Redwing,
Sorel and Sperry Topsider North Face are to be found in the store now. Soon
clothing from Under Armour, North Face Apparel and footwear from
Birkenstock will be added.
Marcs first retail experience in Fleischmanns was as a vendor at the Fleischmanns First Memorial Day Street Fair four years ago. Since then when he sold over 75 Fleischmanns T-shirts and many pairs of flip
flops, he knew Fleischmanns Main Street would be a good spot for his growing business. Welcome Foothills and Marc!

Skene Library Fall Hours

Tuesday-Friday: 1 PM - 5PM.
Saturday: 10 AM - 2 PM.


Gardening Hint from Transition Catskills

Have Japanese Beetles been feasting on your vegetables of flowers this summer? Heres a way to combat them in an environmentally
safe way.
Popillia japonica, an invasive species, hitched a ride on a ship and disembarked at a U.S. port sometime before 1912. The beetles, not
destructive in their native Japan, incubate lawns during their larval stage. Females only lay about 3 eggs at a time, but may mate and
burrow into the grass repeatedly, depositing up to 60 eggs by the end of summer. The grubs pupate and emerge as iridescent beetles
in July. And that's when the carnage begins.
As the insects feeds on a plant it sends out a distress signal, attracting more beetles. That's why hordes
of beetles will often single out one plant, feeding until all that's left is a pathetic skeleton.
Fortunately, the equipment needed to combat Japanese beetles is simple and inexpensive. Don't be
tempted to purchase traps. They only attract more beetles to the area. All you need is a cup of soapy
water and a spray bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water.
The best time to dispose of Japanese beetles is in the morning when the insects are sluggish. Carefully
remove the beetles and drop them in soapy water. As beetles feel the plant being jostled, they let go and
fall back. You can hold the cup under the leaf and let them fall into the suds. Some will fall to the
ground. Remove all the beetles you can from the leaves and hunt down the fugitives hiding in the
mulch. Their shininess makes them easy to find. Repeat process until there are no more beetles on the
plant. Lightly apply the vinegar spray to top leaves in late afternoon to prevent sun scald and your plants
should remain beetle free.
Transition Catskills is part of a worldwide network of grassroots community initiatives that seek to address the worlds most pressing
challenges with citizen-led action. We promote successful backyard gardens, which help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and
make our region more self-reliant.

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September/October Calendar
Fleischmanns Flyer

Fleischmanns Events ~ Save the Date!

Sept. 21st

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

Sept. 24th

Thursday, FAB: Fleischmanns Alliance for Business Meeting, Skene


Sept. 26th

Saturday, Cauliflower Festival, Margaretville, 10am-4pm

Sept. 27th

Sunday, Fleischmanns Pumpkin Festival, 11-2pm, Pumpkin Patch and

Main Street

Oct. 2nd

Saturday, Fleischmanns First monthly Meeting, 9:30 am, La Cabana

Come & meet your neighbors and support your village

Oct. 12th

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

Oct. 31st

Saturday, Fleischmanns First Howlween, save the date

Rob Alverson
Paula DeSimone
John Duda
Jeanne Malaxos
Michelle Sidrane

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

Printing and distribution of the Fleischmanns Flyer is

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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