At Your Service by Maggie Inge

At Your Service by Margaret Inge is a weekly column that examines a number of business issues directly related to the Central Catskills’ service economy.

At Your Service: July 9, 2008

Sometimes life sucks. When we need a vacuum cleaner, it’s a good thing. When we are having a run of bad luck, it is best to leave it alone lest it become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Focusing on what is not working creates a situation that is bound to continue.

At Your Service: June 18, 2008

Thornton Wilder is best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning play “Our Town.” He is less known for a related quote, “You’ve never known hell until you’ve lived in a small town.” Perhaps Wilder was referring to the simple fact that in a small community the dark side of human frailty is all there – in your face. From time to time, I understand his meaning.

At Your Service: June 11, 2008

If my phone is any indication of a trend, then I must conclude that more and more people are feeling the financial pinch and looking for new ways to get their hands on some money. Lotto sales are up, increasing by over a billion dollars in the last year. But, what is making my own phone ring is people looking for help with Internet businesses.

At Your Service: June 4, 2008

On Saturday evening the MARK Group celebrated 30 years of service to this community. As events go, it was among the best: awards were given to the deserving; the food was good and presented in appetizing ways and the dancing was energetic. There was one thing, however, that made the evening extraordinary.

At Your Service: May 7, 2008

A meeting in Sidney brought home the reality that Delaware County really is larger than the state of Rhode Island. Lucky for me, it was a gorgeous spring day. I took the scenic route – as if there were another kind. It served as a refresher course on just how beautiful this part of the country really is and why tourism is such a natural industry for the region.