Support the Hospital Auxiliary!

Greeting Friends and Family:
As many of you may or may not know – every year the Margaretville Hospital Auxilairy does an Annual Membership drive. This year I have agreed to act as the “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, a flea market and many other hospital, nursing home and community activities all year long. Please join me in supporting this worthwhile cause. Membersip 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

MTC Broadband Installation Progress

The map below illustrates the status of the MTC Cable broadband expansion within the Town of Halcott and surrounding communities. The green shaded area shows locations where the fiber network installation has been completed and where service is currently available. The purple shaded areas illustrates the locations where the fiber network is proposed for completion during 2016. Residents who are located in regions outside of the shaded regions on the map and who are interested in having broadband services extended to them in the future are encouraged to contact the MTC Customer Service to convey this interest. This feedback will be used in the pursuit of future grant funding opportunities as we work to insure all residents requesting broadband services have access to this important service.
If you have any questions please let us know.

Thanks,
Kendra Grocholl
MTC Cable
845-586-2288

Town of Halcott

Another Halcott Artist Featured Locally

Dear Friends: Don’t miss the exhibit, Field, Forest, Stream of the beautiful paintings of our very own Bob Axelrod opening July 17th at the Longyear Gallery in the Commons in Margaretville. See attached flyer for particulars. Halcott is proud to have so many gifted residents!

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.

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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

Property tax exemptions

For anyone who is not yet aware, there are a number of exemptions available on property tax assessments that may help lower your property taxes if you qualify.  If your home in Halcott is your primary residence, there are exemptions available based on age, income, agricultural and forestry use of land, veterans status and solar power.  If you think you might be eligible for any of these and would like more information, please contact the assessor for the Town of Halcott at mmdneves67@gmail.com.