Fleischmanns faces difficult budget year

By Jay Braman Jr.
Times are tough these at all levels of government, and things are no different in Fleischmanns, where the tentative budget not only strips the mayor of his salary but also cuts programs such as recreation and others.

At 6 p.m. on Monday, April 15 in the Skene Memorial Library on Main Street, the Fleischmanns Village Board will hold a public hearing on the village’s proposed 2013-’14 budget.
In a prepared statement, Mayor Todd Pascarella said the tentative budget he prepared contains no tax increase, but the plan still comes at a cost.

Bake off among maple festival highlights

Fleischmanns — Spring in the Catskills is often announced by the trill of returning birds and sap running from maple trees immediately followed by the sweet amber signature of the mountains, pure maple syrup. So what happens when you mix that sweet succulent syrup with culinary prowess—the annual Fleischmanns First Maple Bake-Off to be held on Saturday, March 23 during the Maple Festival weekend in Fleischmanns.

Village waives $16,000 in water fees

By Jay Braman Jr.
Fleischmanns Village Trustees gave three property owners a free pass on their water bills Monday night, despite warnings that doing so might allow more disgruntled rate payers to come out of the woodwork looking for the same deal.

Two of those granted waivers for water bills, Brian Grocholl ($1,035.22) and Harriet Grossman ($696.97) got the treatment due to extended water problems. But the third, identified only as Mr. Mendlovic, was given a pass on no less than $14,304.99 in past due water bills.

Thieves help selves to storage unit contents

By Brian Sweeney
A number of recent break-ins at area businesses are under investigation by state police at Margaretville.

The largest incident occurred last week in Clovesville where thieves broke into 20 self-storage units owned by Halcott Center residents Pete and Nancy Ballard.

Mrs. Ballard said she was alerted to the problem on the afternoon of March 5 when one of the renters reported that her storage unit had been forcibly entered.

Swift water rescue boat on deck for Fleischmanns

By Jay Braman Jr.
Fleischmanns Village Trustees authorized the spending of almost $60,000 of taxpayer’s funds last week on specialized swift-water rescue equipment for the village’s fire department.
At a special meeting held last week Tuesday, the trustees accepted bids for the purchase of two swift water rescue boats along with equipment and training with funds to be disbursed from the Fleischmanns Volunteer Fire Department Capital Reserve Truck Fund.

Candidates unopposed in Fleischmanns balloting

By Jay Braman Jr.
Unless there’s a last-minute write-in campaign, as has happened in Fleischmanns in the recent past, this year’s election features just three seated Village trustees all running unopposed.
All three seek two-year terms in March 19 balloting.

The deadline for filing an intent to run for village office came and went last Wednesday with only Mayor Todd Pascarella and Trustees Ben Fenton and David Yates submitting the proper paperwork to get a spot on the ballot voters will see on Election Day.

Fleischmanns park project is event's focus

By Jay Braman Jr.
The year 2013 is shaping up nicely for the Fleischmanns Village Park.
Fitting, it is, since it was one century ago that Julius Fleischmanns donated the prime real estate to the village to create the park.

Had he known that, 98 years later, the park’s splendor would be washed away in a massive flood it is certain that he would wish it restored to it’s original beauty. And while things didn’t look good for that last year, it now appears that the park may not only be restored but be even better than it ever had been.

Fleischmanns park supporters seek funds

By Jay Braman Jr.
Thanks to the instant landscaping that comes with a foot of new snow, the village park in Fleischmanns looks pretty good this week.
But as many are aware, the white fluffy beauty hides a multitude of scars left in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, which in August of 2011 swept though the region and caused millions of dollars in damage to the park.

With an eye toward spring, when park repairs are expected to begin in earnest, a group of village residents are working hard to make sure the resources to make those improvements are in hand.

Historic home to be retreat

By Joe Moskowitz
Decades before Grossingers, the Concord, and all of the other great Sullivan County resorts that made up what became known as “The Borscht Belt,” there was Fleischmanns. A local community organization might call it “Fleischmanns First.” And it was. But the introduction of the automobile and the construction of Route 17 made it faster and easier to get to Sullivan County and that area became synonymous with “the Catskills.”

Woller resigns from Fleischmanns board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Long-time Fleischmanns Village Trustee Fred Woller, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor just last year, has resigned from his post.

The resignation was announced by Mayor Todd Pascarella last week at the village board meeting. No explanation for Woller’s resignation was given. Woller was re-elected to another two-year term just this past March.

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