Cornell Cooperative Canning Class

Greetings, gardeners and cooks and canners!
Thanks to gardener Patricia Dury, we have the opportunity to host Janie Greenwald , a food coordinator from the Cornell Cooperative extension of Ulster County to conduct a tomato canning workshop at the Grange, using the hot water bath method.
We will need a critical mass of (10) people to sign up to confirm the workshop. The class will be a demonstration class for the hot water bath method of tomato canning and will cost $10 per person.
Please let me know asap if this is of interest. She is available Sunday September 14th. The exact time of the class has yet to be established, but likely in the mid morning, running for +-3 hrs.
P.S.Now is the window for fall plantings…..turnips, lettuce, radishes, beet greens, spinach….look in the bag of donated seeds in our mailbox at the garden to see what applies…..also tomatoes on the vine just starting to ripen, potato crop is looking wonderful and garlic is curing in Karens barn.
Members will receive their half bushel basket of tomatoes, potatoes, garlic and some essential oil treats once potatoes are dug. Please pay your annual dues by Sept to share in this bounty. A very special thank you goes out to our newest gardener, Lem Srolovic, for helping keep our garden paths mowed and looking neat…..Thank you Lem!

MTC Broadband Update

We recently received the following update from MTC who has received a grant (but not the money!!) to bring the internet up into Halcott. Steve Finch has kindly agreed to come to our August 18th Town Board meeting to answer any questions you may have about this. He will be our first speaker at 7:15PM. Everyone is most welcome to attend.
Best regards, Innes Kasanof.

MTC Broadband Update – The grant process has been very protracted. It has been a much more drawn out process than we envisioned. However, we are finally beginning to realize some movement on the grant. While MTC hasn’t received any Connect NY funding yet, we do have the primary documentation in place from the NY Broadband Office to begin to incur additional costs against the grant. We have begun ordering materials and have engaged contractors to begin construction in a few different locations. Our start up will be slow and methodical to ensure we have all of the correct processes in place and that we are following all of the proper procedures. Halcott is one of our primary build areas. Specifically, the first area of construction will be the main corridor of County Route 3 and Johnson Hollow, followed by the various side roads. We hope you will begin to see progress being made in the coming weeks and we are committed to constructing as far in to the winter months as the weather will allow. The actual construction phase will be a two plus year endeavor in all of our build areas. We are excited and anxious to get moving forward. Please contact MTC at 845-586-3311 with any questions. 

Steve Finch
MTC – Plant Manager

Halcott Fair!

Always the 3rd Saturday of July, (July 19th for 2014), always a place for kids to have fun,  always a delicious meal served from 4 to 6PM, always a place to meet friends and neighbors, always an amazing Treasures from the Attic Table, always a remarkably enjoyable way to spend your Saturday and help raise money for the Halcott Community Fund at the same time!  Please join us!