A notice to the Halcott Propane Buying Group

Our present rate of $1.79 per gallon is only guaranteed until July.   We cannot predict with any certainty what will happen once the price is re-negotiated next month, but it’s likely to go up.  So it’s probably a good idea to request your tanks be filled now.  You should confirm the present $1.79 Halcott Propane Buying Group rate.  Call 800-776-7263, enter zip code 12430, and ask for Jan or Erin in the mid-Hudson office.

Alan Adelson

Town Board Meeting Minutes, June 17, 2019 7:15 pm

Regular Town Board Meeting Minutes Halcott Grange

June 17, 2019 7:15 pm

Present: Town Supervisor Alan White, Council members Yukari Day, Alan Reynolds, Innes Kasanof, Judy DiBenedetto, Highway Superintendent Russell Bouton, Town Clerk Patricia Warfield. Public: Paul and Sybil Margolis.

Call to Order at 7:15 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of the minutes of the May 20, 2019 meeting: Motion to approve by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto. Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Highway Superintendent’s Report: (A) Stone and oil work is being completed and the Highway Department is also making progress on Townsend Hollow Road and DiNicola Road, with work coming along well. (B) The Highway committee continues to look for a mower. The Highway Department will be purchasing a 1,000 gallon water tank for use when putting down crusher run and when sweeping roads.

Halcott Market Fair: Everything is on schedule for this year’s fair which will be on July 20, 2019 from noon until 6 pm. A Fair flier will be sent via e-mail to everyone on Supervisor White’s e-mail list. The Halcott Fair became the Halcott Market Fair last year.

Voucher vote: General Abstract #G0619 – vouchers 84 – 91, 100 = $984.41. Highway Abstract #H0619 – vouchers 92 – 99 = $37,561.20. Motion to pay bills by Councilwoman Yukari Day, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Finance Chair Report: (A) Finance Chair Innes Kasanof presented the monthly finance report. The Town now has $85,106.16 in the Highway Reserve Account and $47,014.79 in the General Reserve Account. (B) The Town will pay all bills associated with road repairs as per the 284 Agreement with checks and not online because canceled checks are required for reimbursement.

Clerk’s Report: The Town collected no money for the month of May.

Other Business: (A) Supervisor White conducted an e-mail poll in regards to the ongoing discussion of garbage disposal in Halcott, with the consensus being there should no longer be garbage tickets. Supervisor White presented to the Board that the cost to Halcott residents to dispose of a bag of garbage should be dropped from $3.00 to $2.00 (which is more in line with what we are charged by Greene County per bag) and payable at the transfer station. In addition, the fee for commercial haulers should be raised, the amount being as follows; an increase of $50.00 per month starting July 1, 2019, and an increase of an additional $50.00 per month starting July 1, 2020, and an increase of an additional $50.00 per month starting July 1, 2021. These increases would raise the commercial fee to $250.00 per month by 2021, the cost of disposal would then be around $2.00 a bag for commercial haulers. These changes would bring about a more equitable cost distribution for the fees charged the Town by Greene County for garbage removal. Motion to institute the changes as stated above starting July 1, 2019 by Councilwoman Innes Kasanof, 2nd by Councilwoman Yukari Day,

Councilman Alan Reynolds: aye, Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

Next Meeting: Regular Meeting July 15, 2019 7:15pm.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:39 pm by Councilman Alan Reynolds, 2nd by Councilwoman Judy DiBenedetto, Councilwoman Yukari Day: aye, Councilwoman Innes Kasanof: aye, Supervisor Alan White: aye.

AGENDA, Town Board meeting 7:15 PM, Monday, July 15, 2019




7:15 PM, Monday, July 15, 2019

Town GRANGE, all are welcome

Pledge of Allegiance


1. Approval of minutes Monday June 17, 2019

2. Highway Superintendent’s Report

a. Any vehicle updates

b. Chips Progress

c. Extreme weather funding

3. Halcott Fair update

4.Voucher vote.

5.Finance Report.

a. Monthly report

6. Clerk’s Report.

7. Other business:

8. Public comment.

Next meeting:  Regular meeting Monday August 19, 2019 

A Fair bit of history…

That hot, sticky feeling enveloping you is Summer saying “Hello” and that means the Halcott Fair is just down the road. Years ago, before the Halcott Fair there was the Halcott United Methodist Church picnic (at least one!) as recalled below in Volume 87 of The Times of Halcott by some of our neighbors. Take the opportunity on Saturday, July 20 to relax at the Grange with your friends and neighbors and create memories for your family.

Memories of a Halcott UMC Picnic from Jamie Bouton & Sybil Margaritis 

Jamie: One of my most favorite memories of the Halcott church, happened to be captured on an old home movie. Every so often, I dust off the cover and slip the old VHS into the machine and delight that I have such a treasure.

Ralph Merante was pastor of the church at the time and there was a gathering held on the adjoining back lawns of the church and my grandparents, Donald and Shirley Bouton. I’m not sure of the year, 1992? I do know there were short-shorts, tube socks and a lot of funky hair. I was the proud owner of a shoulder length mullet, yikes! There was a pie-eating contest, tug-of-war, badminton games, potato sack and three legged races for both kids and the adults. Mike and Peg DiBenedetto left their competition in the dust! There was a square dance called by dear Hilton and Stella Kelly.

The video shows my uncle, Tom Roberts and my beloved father, Dennis – both of whom, left us too soon – trying to keep up with food demands on an assortment of charcoal grills, but smiling the whole time. Picnic tables and folding chairs full of friends and neighbors eagerly sharing stories and the laughter could be heard throughout.

The afternoon concluded with an announcement of more singing and fellowship to take place inside the church. It was fun day!

Sybil remembers the day as well and adds: Claretta and I were in charge of helium balloons. I was dressed up as a clown, red nose and all. Shirley Bouton sat at a sign-in desk welcoming all and asking them to sign a guest book. Johnny Steinfeld, son of Lillian and Paul and a professional magician entertained the crowd with his magic. And there was no RAIN!

Susan Benedetto’s daughters Emily and Katie were young participants in the fun and games and provided a few photos from the memorable event.