Mayoral posts up for election in Margaretville, Fleischmanns

The position of mayor will be on the ballot in the villages of Margaretville and Fleischmanns in the March 18 election. Current Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton announced last month that he would not be seeking a fourth term.

Planners seek park memorabilia

The MARK Group in collaboration with the Village of Fleischmanns, is asking residents, historians and collectors to dig into their archives for photos of the Wagner Avenue Park in Fleischmanns and/or any additional information that may assist with efforts to research the history surrounding the park. With funding provided by the Pasternak Foundation and the O’Connor Foundation, the MARK Group has contracted with Landscape Architect Bob Toole to develop the Historic Analysis, Existing Conditions and Schematic Plans for the revitalization of this community gem.

CCC in the Catskills subject of book talks

The 75th anniversary of the New Deal and its impact on the Catskills is celebrated in a new book whose author will speak at upcoming events in Fleischmanns and Arkville. Diane Galusha, author of Another Day, Another Dollar: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills, will provide an illustrated talk Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at Skene Memorial Library, Main St., Fleischmanns, and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville. The Catskill Center talk is preceded by a book signing at 1 p.m.

Junkyard owner gets probation in insurance case

A Fleischmanns junkyard owner has pleaded guilty to charges of fifth-degree insurance fraud and second-degree offering a false instrument for filing and was fined and given a conditional discharge. William Hrazanek, 61, was allowed to plea to the reduced charges in Delaware County Court stemming from his arrest in February. He was originally accused of fraudulently insuring and registering vehicles for illegal aliens.

Heart of the Catskills newest Steuding book

Fleischmanns — Purple Mountain Press has announced the publication of The Heart of the Catskills by Bob Steuding, author of the popular and highly acclaimed The Last of the Handmade Dams: The Story of the Ashokan Reservoir.
In this new book Steuding describes the early settlement of the area, its exploitation by the tanning industry, and the building of the Grand Hotel near Belleayre. He presents the stories of colorful personalities, such as Jim Dutcher, the mountain man; John Burroughs, the writer and naturalist; and others, who once peopled this wild and beautiful place.

Five left homeless by Clovesville blaze

By Brian Sweeney
A Halloween decoration is being blamed for a Thursday morning fire that destroyed a Clovesville house and left a family of five homeless. The fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. and gutted the two-story home. The family dog is credited with barking to wake up the occupants.

Fleischmanns will be busy over Columbus Day weekend

Fleischmanns — Homeowners in this historic village are opening some of its most interesting homes for tours and hosting an entire day of family fun and base ball on Sunday, Oct. 12 during “Fleischmanns First Floors Historic House & Garden Tour.” With the Belleayre Fall Festival located just a few minutes away in Arkville this year, you can easily spend some time at Fleischmanns’ all-day festival of fun without missing a thing.

Fleischmanns house, garden tour October 12

For the first time in decades, some of Fleischmanns’ most interesting and historic homes will be open to tour in “Fleischmanns First Floors Historic House & Garden Tour,” on Sunday, October 12 during the Columbus Day weekend. The community team of Fleischmanns First has gathered a harvest of family fun for that Sunday, including vintage base ball with the Mountain Athletic Club, a quilt show and pie sale at the Fleischmanns Community Church, a children’s activity tent and hay bale maze and plenty of festive ball park food, including bratwurst, in Fleischmanns’ historic Wagner Avenue Village Park.

Autumn concert Saturday at Skene features local resident James Krueger

James Krueger will give a free one-hour concert/reading entitled “Autumn: A Celebration of the Season in Words and Song” at the Skene Memorial Library on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Hailed by judges as “an extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery,” Krueger is a two-time honor award winner in the Great American Songwriting Contest.

Bnai Israel celebrates anniversary Sunday

Congregation Bnai Israel in Fleischmanns will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. with a program of song, videos, inspirational messages and special refreshments. “Positively Israel” is the title of a presentation by Ronnie Gold, a former national officer of Na’amat, Pioneer Women, who lived in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem with her husband from 1980 to the mid-90s. Mrs. Gold, a member of the congregation, is a Woodstock artist.

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