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.

County begins Fleischmanns bridge repair

By Jay Braman Jr.
Uncertainty over the fate of the Bridge Street bridge in Fleischmanns remains, yet another bridge project in the village is underway just downstream.

Depot Street, the well-used entranceway on the western edge of the village that connects Route 28 to Main Street, remains closed just past the Wagner Avenue intersection as the Delaware County Department of Public Works make repairs to the bridge that sits right on the corner of Depot and Main streets.

Shear Madness opens in Fleischmanns

By Brian Sweeney
A grand opening was held over the weekend at Shear Madness, a Fleischmanns-based hair salon.
Kathleen Rostad has 27 years’ experience as a licensed cosmetologist and is excited about the opening of her new venture.

“Hairdressing is my passion,” said Kathleen enthusiastically. “I love people coming in and helping them feel good about themselves. That makes me feel good.”

County takes no stance on Fleischmanns bridge

By Jay Braman Jr.
Fleschmanns Mayor Todd Pascarella continues to battle Delaware County government over bridge problems in the center of the village.

Pascarella said Tuesday that he made his case to the Public Works Committee of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, and while it appears they are prepared to leave Bridge Street in the center of the village without, well, a bridge, at least there is not yet an official decision.

Fleischmanns to host program on solar energy

Fleischmanns — Want to protect your budget, your home and the environment? Then attend Fleischmanns First’s Fourth Forum on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., immediately following the Fleischmanns First abbreviated monthly meeting at La Cabana on Main Street, Fleischmanns. Admission is free

The environment and your budget need help. With gas heading towards $4.50 and $5 a gallon, NYSEG costs going up and solar panel costs slowly heading down, solar generation of electricity for homes and businesses is a tempting way to go and is readily available in our area. 

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