Kathleen Rostad appointed to Fleischmanns Board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Members of the Fleischmanns Village Board of Trustees appointed Wagner Avenue resident Kathleen Rostad to the board last week.

The appointment was made to fill the vacancy created in April when Trustee Todd Pascarella was appointed mayor following the resignation of Mayor Dave Morell, who resigned last winter.
In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Rostad said she was thrilled with the opportunity to be involved in local government.

“I’m from Florida, places like Miami and Orlando,” she said. “You don’t have the opportunity to get involved in larger places like that.”

Rostad takes a spot on the village board after moving here two and-a-half years ago. She lives with her life partner, Brain Walsh, and enjoys golf and bowling. Rostad also volunteers at the Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store and at Margaretville Central School.

Shortly after arriving in Fleischmanns, Rostad got a job at Hanah Mountain Resort, where she worked as bar manager until Hurricane Irene hit last summer.

A hairdresser by trade, Rostad is now preparing to open her own hairstyling shop, to be called “Shear Madness,” on Main Street in the old Zoom Gallery Building.

“I couldn’t find another job, so I figured I would make my own,” she said with laugh.

An admitted political novice, Rostad said she called Mayor Todd Pascarella a couple of months ago after seeing a story in the News about the village needing a trustee. At the time, she said, there were some other people interested in the spot as well, so she felt she would lose out to someone with more experience. However, the board was divided on who to appoint, and never did anything about it until now.

Pascarella called her back and asked if she was still interested. The answer was “Yes.”

“I look forward to working with Kathleen who is an ambitious Fleischmanns entrepreneur and has graciously stepped forward to serve our community,” Pascarella said.

Rostad said one of the things she has going for herself is that, being a relative newcomer to the village, she comes to the board agenda free.

“Todd said I’m neutral. Like Switzerland,” she chuckled.