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: April 30, 2008

I am suffering from early onset election fatigue syndrome. It is a chronic condition that strikes every four years sometime in the fall; hence, the early onset. Perhaps it came early this year because the all-out battle for the American presidency has already been waging for a year now.

At Your Service: April 16, 2008


Snowdrops have sprung up in the lawn.  Robins have begun their ritual dancing in the grass.  The air is once again filling with the music of songbirds.  The temperatures are rising, the gloves are off and the wave is back.

At Your Service: April 2, 2008

These are tough economic times and all indications are that it is going to get worse before it gets better. Five dollars for a gallon of gas by summer – that’s what some are predicting. On a practical level, this means that the time has never been better to shop locally.

At Your Service: March 26, 2008

Excellence is easy – it sure looks easy when we see people performing various tasks with excellence. Those March Madness NCAA basketball players make shooting hoops look like the easiest thing in the world to do. But, what we are really seeing is the combination of the factors that contribute to excellent performance: planning, preparation, practice, commitment, know-how and innate talent. When they come together, it looks very easy.

At Your Service: March 12, 2008

Sometimes, bad things happen to good people. And sometimes, people must suffer the consequences of their own bad actions. Two very different tragedies are impacting our world, one very close and personal, the other very personal but not so close.