Fleischmanns bridge resolution delayed

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was during Hurricane Irene when the Bridge Street bridge in Fleischmanns was lost, and ever since there’s been much debate as to what to do next.
Some have said replace the span. Others say to leave well enough alone and not rebuild because there are two other ways to cross the creek. There’s also a compromise plan to build a pedestrian-only span to give easy access to the Wagner Avenue area near the village park.

Hrazanek foreclosure postponed

By Joe Moskowitz
A foreclosure sale set for noon on Tuesday in Delhi, at which Fleischmanns businessman Bill Hrazanek’s would have lost two of his properties in that village, was postponed at the request of mortgage holder Kenneth Pasternak.

Robin crafts vegan brie and other cheese from plants

By Cheryl Petersen
An alchemist by trade, Lori Robin’s love of cheese has turned into the business of transforming plants into brie. The soft, mild, creamy cheese is made from scratch in Robin’s studio in Fleischmanns.
“I took on the challenge of creating a non-dairy and lactose-free cheese and made it fun,” said Robin.

Hrazanek's flood buyout quest a race against the clock

By Joe Moskowitz
Fleischmanns businessman and property owner William Hrazanek is racing against a clock that is about to tick down to zero.
On May 20, two of his Fleischmanns properties, the former Bailey Manufacturing plant on Depot Street and the VW Parts facility on Wagner Avenue, will go on the foreclosure auction block on the steps of the Delaware  County Courthouse in Delhi.
Fleischmanns native and former Wall Street tycoon Kenneth Pasternak holds first mortgages on both properties and has won judgments totaling more than $1 million against Hrazanek for non payment.

Love of parenting makes Barto couple ideal caregivers

By Cheryl Petersen
Helen Steiner Rice (1900-1981) penned:
“A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .”
“Ever since I was real young, I’ve known I wanted to adopt and help children,” said Gina Barto of Fleischmanns. “I love children and want to be a part of making their lives better.” Gina’s motherly passion extends to three children with her husband, Renard Barto, six adopted children, and currently three foster children.

Fleischmanns Park receives fix-up funds

By Joe Moskowitz
The Village of Fleischmanns has received some long overdue good news. Work will begin later this spring or early in the summer to restore more of the village park on Wagner Avenue.

Junior Pultz marks 72 years in the Fleischmanns VFD

By Joe Moskowitz
It was a bright, sunny day last Sunday when the Fleischmanns Fire Department’s siren started wailing. Charles “Junior” Pultz jumped in his car and drove to the fire hall to see if he could help, just like has been doing that since he was 16 years old. Junior was 16 years old in 1952, 72 years ago!
Seven Decades of Service: Charles”Junior” Pultz receiving a Congressional seal from Representative Chris Gibson. Pultz has been a member of the Fleischmanns fire Department for 72 years. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzSeven Decades of Service: Charles”Junior” Pultz receiving a Congressional seal from Representative Chris Gibson. Pultz has been a member of the Fleischmanns fire Department for 72 years. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

Have some soup with your history

Fleischmanns — If you like your soup and salad served with a side of history, you’ll want to visit Spillian, the former mansion of the Fleischmann family, on Sunday, April 27 when some of the proceeds from the weekly, all-you-can eat Soup Sunday event will go to the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM).
At 3 p.m., Spillian partner Leigh Melander, Ph.D., will share stories and images of the Fleischmann family and the history of the Fleischmanns Park House, newly reborn as Spillian: A Place to Revel, an inn and retreat center, located at 50 Todd Mountain Road.

Maple Bake-Off winners share the sweet smell of success!

Fleischmanns First held its annual Maple Bake Off Café fund-raiser on March 22. Winners in the three categories are pictured here.

Lori Robin, above, won first-place in the Gluten Free Category.

Ada Perez took first-place in the Traditional Category.

Chris Buckholz (representing herself and Laurie Merwin) for their win in the Intergenerational Category. — Contributed photos

Scrapping the VW Parts inventory

Some of the junk cars at the former Fleischmanns VW facility on Wagner Avenue were hauled away by a Kingston recycler this week. Lot owner William Hrazanek is due to appear in Middletown Town Court next week to answer criminal charges. The State Department of Environmental Conservation, after conducting raids on this and two other Hrazanek properties, is accusing him of 11 violations. Some carry fines of up to $37,000 and/or a year in jail. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz

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