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: Aug. 18, 2010

Have you noticed that 35 mph feels like a rapid pace when you are driving down Main Street; but move over to the Reservoir Road, where that is the posted speed limit, and it feels like a long, slow, slog? The standard highway speed limit of 55 mph feels like a reckless pace along stretches of Route 28 and like you are standing still on the Thruway.

At your service: Aug. 11, 2010

It is the quiet hour on Main Street in Margaretville (that time after store closings and before people return to the restaurants for dinner). A spectre moves from place to place, weaving between the scant strollers and window-peepers. In each hand she carries water, nourishment for the flower barrels that line and lend their beauty to the lane they adorn.

At your service: Aug. 4, 2010

People are often surprised to learn that I love country music; even more surprised to find that love matched by one for Italian Opera. It makes perfect sense to me. I love music that tells a story and is sung with passion. The things that surprise us about people are rarely as contradictory as they seem when we get the chance to see the full picture.

At Your Service: July 28, 2010

Last week racism took center stage in the national conversation – where it belongs. Whether we like to believe it or not, racism remains pervasive in our culture and has far reaching consequences. It will remain a divisive force, until we confront it head on; and that means we must talk about it.

At Your Service: July 21, 2010

In nature, the progression is clear: there is a seed, which falls upon fertile ground, from which sprouts a seedling that grows to maturity and produces more seeds. Some of those seeds then repeat the pattern. In human endeavors, while the process is the same, the progression is not always as clear – or is it?