VW Parts fire ruled accidental

By Jay Braman Jr.
The fire that destroyed the garage at the beleaguered VW Auto Parts complex in the middle of Fleischmanns in August was not arson.
That’s the ruling by Delaware County Fire Investigators, who spent hours in the charred aftermath trying to determine what did cause the blaze.
According to Steve Hood, director of the Delaware County Office of Emergency Services and its Fire Investigation Team, the cause was discovered quickly on the same day as the fire. “We knew that evening what started it,” he said.

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Water rate changes on tap in Fleischmanns

By Jay Braman Jr.
If you are a full-time resident in the Village of Fleischmanns, chances are you are paying too much for water.
On the other side of the coin, if you are a summer resident, you are probably paying too little.
While, in reality, it is a bit more complex than that, the bottom line is that village officials believe the current arrangment is unfair and they are at work now to make changes to the water district’s billing to even costs out.

Mayor OKs public vote on Fleischmanns bio fuel plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Mayor of Fleischmanns has put out word that the people of that small village can be the ones to decide if they want a $14 million biofuel project installed for the entire community, a project that will bring an estimated 15 percent saving on heat bills for the next 10 years or so.
Earlier this month, several residents appeared at the village board meeting with a list of over 30 questions about the project, which has been under discussion for a couple of years.
On Monday, Mayor Todd Pascarella released a response to all of those questions.

There's a moose on the loose in Fleischmanns

By Dick Sanford
The moose is loose in Fleischmanns. Two area residents watched a young bull moose wander down Main Street around 10 p.m. Monday night, make a left turn on Bridge Street and disappear into the night. And, they’ve got video to prove it.
Steve Witte, owner of the Colonial Inn in Pine Hill told the News that he and Cassie Merwin, a student at SUNY Delhi, who also works as a bartender at the Colonial Inn, had just left La Cabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns and were driving east on Main Street when they first spotted the moose in the parking lot of Community Bank.

Historic Fleischmans building goes up in flames

By Joe Moskowitz
An old garage building that was part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns was gutted by fire late in the afternoon on August 26.

Tennis Courts in Fleischmanns being restored

TENNIS ANYONE? — Workers from Seward Sand and Gravel of Oneonta were busy this weke working on the tennis court in the park on Wagner Avenue, Fleischmanns. The long delayed project is a major step toward totally rebuilding the flood damaged park. A new snack bar, and children's playground will be constructed. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

Fleischmanns Village Park repair work is finally underway

By Joe Moskowitz
Nearly three years after being devastated by Hurricane Irene, work has finally begun on one of Fleischmanns’ major assets, the village park.
The Wagner Avenue park sits next the Bushkill stream and was totally destroyed in the hurricane with the raging water tearing up not just the grass but making the tennis court and playground unusable.
This spring the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) finally approved the village’s project worksheet and rebuilding could begin.

Junior Pultz tosses the first pitch for Yankees' Triple A club

By Joe Moskowitz
It was another summer Sunday as Charles “Junior” Pultz, his wife Elaine, and their son Terry, all of Fleischmanns, got in the car and headed to a baseball game in Pennsylvania. They go to baseball games in many places around the Northeast including Class A, the lower-level minor league games in Troy, big league games at the shrine, Yankee Stadium, and one of their favorite places, PNC Field, home of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders. They are the Yankees’ top farm club, one step below the major leagues. Sunday they were playing their International League rivals, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Pultz family was going to see them play. 
But Junior Pultz got thrown a curve.
When they got to the ballpark, Junior was told that he would have to enter the ballpark through the tunnel toward the field. Then, Terry told him that he was going to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Junior said he turned to him and said, “You must be crazy.”
At the age of 89, Pultz, for the first time in his life, threw a pitch in a professional baseball park, an incredible thrill for life-long Yankee fan.

 Junior Pultz of Fleischmanns, second from left, recently threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Raiders, the NY Yankees’ Triple A affiliate. At left is Junior’s son, Terry. Junior Pultz of Fleischmanns, second from left, recently threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Raiders, the NY Yankees’ Triple A affiliate. At left is Junior’s son, Terry.

Zoom Gallery set for new shows

Fleischmanns — Zoom Gallery is now fully stocked and showing the work of several local artists for the summer of 2014. The gallery’s Room 1 contains the work of Martha Jean who has been a lifelong painter, teacher, and curator of art.
Zoom Gallery exhibits include the work of Marty Carey, creator of the Earth Week poster above.Zoom Gallery exhibits include the work of Marty Carey, creator of the Earth Week poster above.

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