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: Nov. 11, 2009

Thanksgiving Day may still be a couple of weeks away, but this week begins the season of PDAs – public displays of appreciation. Yes, this week nominations for the 12th Annual Catskill Best Service Awards begin.

At Your Service: Nov. 4, 2009

On Sunday evening, I took a Halloween Journey, an extraordinary and magical adventure presented by Kids in the Katskills. Along the way, I had an up-close and personal encounter with Sojourner Truth. Born a slave on the Hardenbergh estate in Ulster County, she became many things after gaining her freedom in 1827, including an advocate for freedom and justice. I couldn’t help but ponder what she would think of the times in which we are living.

At Your Service: Oct. 21, 2009

This weekend, after the flurries stopped and the sun pushed the clouds away, I raked the leaves in my yard. It was exhilarating to be out in the crisp autumn air and stretching my muscles. In point of fact, it was colder than was comfortable and the leaves had composted just enough to make the task a chore.

At Your Service: Sept. 30, 2009

With the turn of the seasons comes falling leaves and, unfortunately for most local businesses, the falling off of sales. The painfully slow economy has already made this year challenging and many businesses are short of the funds to carry the business through the down time. This makes it a perfect time to be creative with ways to boost sales and/or do those time-intensive business chores.

At Your Service: Sept. 23, 2009

This week I put three score years behind me. The most startling thing about reaching these landmark ages is how many clichés it evokes. “I don’t feel that old.” “We used to…” “The time just flew by.” “I remember when…”
Even more typically, it leads me to reflect upon lessons learned and shifting priorities.