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November 2013


Fleischmanns First
November Meeting Notes
Highlights of the November 2013 FF Meeting Meeting was called to order by Winifred Zubin at 9:35am Kim OBrien of Tinderbox and Carol OBeirne of Central Catskill Chamber of Commerce are working to lead the Fleischmanns Business Group going forward. They are looking to focus on networking, education opportunities, social networking, beautifying Main Street and looking for better and more direct communication with the Village. A networking event is planned for December 4th-see article Winifred provided wrap up on the Pumpkin Festival which was very successful with many families participating in the activities. Pumpkins from the Fleischmanns First Pumpkin Patch were sold and the mini gourds were used for decoration at the Howlween parties. The group thanked Michelle Sidrane and Linda Pesa as well as the many volunteers. Howlween parties for which planning began in August and continued through September and October were again fun filled events. CMN ran photos from the childrens event. The group thanked Yvonne Reuter for her leadership and the volunteers: Rita Adami, Pam Barcia, Maritza Birman, Cookie Dunchik, Kathleen Rostad, Michelle Sidrane, Janet Steiglener, Vicky Szerko, Irene Vazuez, Isabelle Vazquez, Mary Vazquez, Winifred Zubin. A request for support of the Childrens Holiday Party was approved.

Fleischmanns Business Group

Fleischmanns Business Group, begun earlier this year by Gloria Zola Malloy, and its members are examining its goals following upon the resignation of Ms. Zola-Malloy. We thank her for her work in establishing the group. All business owners/self-employed individuals in zip code 12430 are invited to attend a business mixer at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 4th at 1053 Main Street in Fleischmanns. The purpose of the mixer which is sponsored by Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce is to provide a forum for those 12430 business owners/self-employed individuals interested in having a group and to brainstorm and determine, if possible, how we might work together to improve the business climate in Fleischmanns, bring more people to Main Street, into retail establishments, restaurants, etc. and to promote all of the 12430 businesses (which we know there are many). Some models more recently set up in other communities include advertising groups and/or social networking groups to better communication and intergroup promotion. Please join us for a meaningful discussion Wednesday, December 4th, 5-7pm for conversation and refreshments.

ext meeting of Fleischmanns First is December 7th at La Cabana at 9:30am, coffee at 9:15am

Ho, Ho, Ho.Santa is on his Way

The holiday season is upon us! This years Fleischmanns Christmas Party will take place on Sunday, December 8th from 2-4pm. For over 20 years the community has gathered together to make the first Christmas party of the year in Fleischmanns and this year is no exception as preparations have already begun. The party will take place at the Fleischmanns Fire Department which will be decorated by volunteers led by Marilee Asher and Ben Fenton. A huge table of baked goods, donated by the many fantastic cooks in the community, will offer sweets for the season. There will be games such as Pin the Nose on Rudolph and Beanbag Toss and Guess How Many. Activities such as face painting, multiple craft projects, and letters to Santa will be available. Finally, a very special visit from Old St. Nick himself, complete with a time to visit with him, receive a personal gift, and have your photo taken with Santa, culminates the afternoon. Santa will distribute a goodie bag and a gift for every child. All are invited and admission is free! Merry Merry!

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ew Book Chronicles Growing up in Fleischmanns in the 50's & 60's

Marilyn Mayes Kaltenborn, daughter of long-time Fleischmanns Mayor Murray Mayes, has written a memoir about growing up here in the 50's & 60's, titled An Unconventional Childhood. Skene Library hosted her in a reading and slide show in September, and she also attended the Fleischmanns History Day events on October 12. Copies of her book are available at the Museum. (Contact Museum Trustees Peggy Kearney or John Duda to arrange pick-up, now that the Museum is closed for the season.)

Fleischmanns Factoid
For much of the early 20th century, Fleischmanns was one of the biggest resort towns in the Catskills. Year after year, the Ulster & Delaware Rail Road guide books would list 50 or more establishments where visitors could stay. It was also one of the best-known resorts, so that even establishments that were NOT in the village often claimed to be in Fleischmanns. This cards from the Grand Hotel (up in Highmount) shows that. There is even a card from the Budapest Hotel (in Big Indian) showing the location as 'Fleischmanns.'

Call for help in aftermath of Philippine Typhoon

Lynne Blishs family in the Philippines were badly affected by the recent typhoon. The roof of their house blew off and several family friends have perished. Lynne is collecting clothing to send to their community. Donations of clothing are welcome; please deliver donations to Lynne Blish on Kissimee Road.

Museum Happenings
On September 20, the Greater Fleischmanns Museum of Memories held its annual Volunteer Appreciation lunch. It again took place at Mi Lupita, and an enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Our terrific team of volunteers helps to staff the Museum all summer long, and assists in our never-ending cleaning and maintenance work. Our volunteers are invaluable.

November/December Calendar Fleischmanns Events - Save the Date!

November 30 December 4 December 7 December 8 December 10 December 21 Saturday, Holiday Decorating-meet at the Gazebo at 10am Fleischmanns Business Group Mixer-1053 Main Street at 5 to 7pm Saturday, Fleischmanns First Monthly Meeting at 9:30 am, La Cabana Come & meet your neighbors and support your village Sunday, Childrens Christmas Party at Fleischmanns Firehouse, 2 to 4pm Monday, Village Board Meeting at 6:00 pm at the Skene Memorial Library 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 listed here, contact the Flyer @

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Howlween Parties a Success

On Saturday, October 26th over 50 children attended the 2nd annual Howlween party. They were created by our friendly witch, Dorothy, a dancing cow and other adults who had worked tirelessly to decorate the space donated by Mark Birman at 1053 Main Street. In addition to decorating their own Halloween cupcakes, the children played games such as pin the spider on the web, spooky drawing on the wall and watched classic Halloween movies. As the party came to an unwanted end, each child received a bag of goodies to take home. A good time was had by all! Later that evening, a belly dancer, a beatnik, a glamorous witch, a flapper, Miss Piggy and Kermit, a Pope and nun as well as many other costumed adults, 70 in all, joined in at our Howlween fundraiser. The proceeds from the evening event covered the cost of the childrens party which was free. Thank you to all the volunteers that made the two events so successful, to Mark Birman for generously providing the space, Freshtown, Dollar Store and La Cabana for donating food and to all who supported the events.

Dressing Up Fleischmanns for the Holiday Season

Fleischmanns will be aglow this holiday season! New snowflakes lights, replacements for the wreathes that were drowned by the flood, will be atop Village light poles shortly. The newly painted Gazebo is to be decorated on Sunday, November 30th. All interested in helping with the holiday decorations should meet at 10am at the Gazebo. Rob Alverson has taken the lead again in this effort and he will be happy for your help! Our next issue of the Flyer will be published in January. Fleischmanns First wants to wish you and yours the best for the holidays! Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas Caroling on Main and Wagner

Join your neighbors for caroling on December 21st at 3 pm in the parking lot behind the Fleischmanns Community Church. Ride in a horse drawn carriage, courtesy of Seth Finch and after regaling folks in their homes and businesses on Main Street and Wagner Avenue, all are invited to have hot chocolate and cookies in the Church dining room. The Fleischmanns Community Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 6pm, and all community members are enthusiastically invited to join us!

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Letter from Mayor Pascarella ..

Dear Fleischmanns Community, The holiday season is upon us which means we are finally in the home stretch for the year 2013, a historic year for Fleischmanns. The Village is officially 100 years old and I believe we are poised to flourish now once again in a way which could rival the glory days of a century ago. We have come so far and I am very thankful for all of the community members and especially to Fleischmanns First and its leadership for the hard work that goes into improving our Village every day. In fact we have much to be thankful for these days and we should take the time to reflect upon that especially this time of year. Veterans Day was recently celebrated and we thank all those who have served in defense of our freedom. Thanksgiving is upon us and we are thankful for the bounty from which we are fortunate to share. Hanukkah and Christmas are around the corner and we are thankful for each other and the good company of family and friends with whom we celebrate. Then New Years comes and we get a fresh start at it all once again. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season, Sincerely, Todd Pascarella, Mayor
Fleischmanns Flyer Editors Rob Alverson Linda Anderson Paula DeSimone John Duda Joyce Greenberg Jeanne Malaxos Michelle Sidrane

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