Saturday, May 30 was a good day for gardening!

Stalwart members of the Halcott Community Garden,
led by Alex Brock and Karen Rauter, sold plants, weeded
plots, planted potatoes and worked on new raised boxes.
When all was done the rain came. Perfect!
Halcott Community Garden May 2015

(L to R)

Dan & Carly Seibald, Chris & Dana Hensley, Carrie Bradley Neves,
Fernando Delgado, Karen Rauter, Victoria Quesada, Alex Brock

Completion Of Tentative Assessments And Hearing Of Complaints

(Pursuant to Sections 506 & 526 of the Real Property Tax Law)

Notice is hereby given that the Assessor of the Town of Halcott, County of Greene has completed the Tentative Assessment Roll for the current year and that a copy has been filed with the Assessor’s Office at The Halcott Town Offices, Halcott Grange 264 County Rte 3, Halcott, where it may be seen and examined by appointment by any interested person up until Grievance Day.

The Board of Assessment Review will meet on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 between the hours of 4:00 PM  and 8:00 PM in said town, to hear and examine all complaints in relation to assessments, on the application of any person believing himself to be aggrieved. A publication containing procedures for contesting an assessment is available at the assessor’s office at the Halcott Grange or can be provided by contacting the assessor at 845-254-4233 or

Marc Neves
Assessor, Town of Halcott

Halcott Community Garden 2015 Application

Surely, Spring is just around the corner, so plan ahead and submit your application for a Halcott Community Garden plot. There are several levels of support to please everyone from the armchair gardener to the greenest of the green thumbs. Please download and complete the application forms, (front and back) and the HCG Rules. You will find the forms here:




Thanks for supporting the Garden and local, fresh food.

Happy Gardening!

The Margaretville Hospital Auxilairy Annual Membership Drive

Greetings friends and neighbors,
As many of you may know, the Margaretville Hospital Auxilairy does an Annual Membership drive. This year I have agreed to act as chairperson for the Town of Halcott. The Auxiliary’s purpose is to support Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center through advocacy and awareness. They do this through various Wellness Programs, blood drives, health fairs and many other hospital, nursing home and community activities throughout the year. Please join me in supporting this worthwhile cause. Membership is only $5.00 per person per year. I’ll be reaching out to many of you asking that you sign up. You can also contact me and I will sign you up.
Sincere thanks, Lee Austin

Canning at the Grange

Members of the Halcott Community Garden had a great class in the Boiling Water Bath method of preserving fresh vegetables on Sunday, September 14 in the Grange kitchen.IMG_9877

Janie Greenwald from the Cornell Cooperative of Ulster County Extension conducted the class. Janie was assisted by volunteer Chantal Forger, who is working on her Master Food Preserver Certification.


Each participant took home a can of tomato sauce they helped prepare in a step by step demonstration and a lot more information on the canning process in general, including a few basic rules to always keep in mind:IMG_9896

* Canning recipes are scientifically derived in a laboratory and must be followed to the “T” to ensure food safety first.

* Canning is not cooking but preserving food for future cooking, not an end product out of the can.

* Grandma’s methods may be of interest to compare with, but the modern science of food preservation has progressed and new utensils and methods provide the levels of food safety we can depend on to ensure what we put on our tables is safe for our families to eat.

Please follow this link to the USDA website to find many recipes for canning.
National Center for Home Food Preservation | USDA Publications