Auditors cite minor faults in Halcottsville FD review

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli faulted several financial practices in an audit of the Halcottsville Fire Department released last month.
While no wrongdoing was cited, the comptroller recommended that the Halcottsville Fire Department (HFD keep better track of the cash taken in at fund-raisers. In the October 10 audit report, the comptroller also said that the company’s treasurer’s activities need more checks and balances.

Work underway to solve Halcottsville's bridge issues

By Joe Moskowitz
Just five years after the Delaware County Department of Public Works (DPW) though it had ended a controversy over repairs to the Halcottsville bridge, the bridge had to be shut down for repairs last week, and the DPW will have to close it again later this year.

Father's Day and Quilt Dedication held at Holy Innocents

Parishioners and Friends of Holy Innocents Parish joined together on Father’s Day for a special Mass and dedication.
Father Dante Tarantini was the main celebrant of a mass offered for all fathers, both living and deceased. The celebration was also marked by the dedication and blessing of baby quilts, once used by the foster/adopted children of Bishop Francisco Betancourt and Father Dante.

Unfair taxation in Halcottsville

To The Editor:
The centerpiece of the history of the Catskill Region focuses on the Anti-Rent Wars. King George had given large swaths of Catskill land to his inner circle. Farmers paid rent to these wealthy landowners with no hope of ever actually owning the land and no recourse to change their circumstances. As the story goes, they dressed as Indians and killed the rent collector, Sheriff Steele.

Volunteers sprucing up neglected Halcottsville Cemetery

By Brian Sweeney
The Halcottsville Cemetery is receiving some much-needed restoration work, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers.

The historic cemetery, which dates back to the late 1700s, had become overgrown with grass and a various intrusive plants after several years of neglect. Dismayed by the appearance of the grounds, Halcottsville native Bob Eignor decided to take matters into his own hands.

Traditional light show returns to Halcottsville

By Joe Moskowitz
One of the area’s greatest holiday traditions has returned. Once again Gordy Stahl is lighting up the old family farm in Halcottsville.

It’s not a really old tradition. Gordy says he has been doing it for about eight or nine years, but its roots go back to the early 1930s when his parents, Mel and Malvina Stahl, purchased the farm. Gordy said they had lost everything during the depression, but with their last three dollars, rebuilt their lives, eventually buying the small dairy farm on Old River Road.

Chapter of Mats planned in Halcottsville

Halcottsville — The Franciscan Community of Reconciliation, a religious order of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America, will conduct its Chapter of Mats in the Margaretville and Halcottsville area from October 5 through October 7. 

All are welcome to join the Franciscans at several events. On Saturday evening, October 5, the Transitus, a prayer service celebrating St. Francis of Assisi’s entrance into heaven, will take place at Holy Innocents Church in Halcottsville, at 7:30 p.m.

Halcottsville residents frustrated by tax issue

Staff Report
When Halcottsville residents met at the Grange Hall on Sunday to discuss concerns about their rising school taxes, they were joined by state Assemblyman Pete Lopez of Schoharie and John

Wolham, regional director of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Both state officials offered the group their assistance and in return they heard an earful of complaints. Tempers flared as frustrated residents complained about a system they feel has failed them.

Halcottsville residents seeking tax relief

By Pauline Liu
A group of Middletown property owners, who pay Roxbury Central School District taxes, complain they’ve been asked to pay more than their fair share.

About 30 Halcottsville property owners have formed a coalition in hopes of seeking school-tax relief. They are not blaming the school district, but rather the disparity between the property tax equalization rates of Roxbury and Middletown. They want Roxbury to reassess its parcels at 100 percent valuation, just as Middletown did last year. Roxbury’s property tax equalization rate remains at 30 percent. 

Halcottsville St. Pat's parade is an institution

By Pauline Liu
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the hamlet of Halcottsville may be the only one of its kind. Now in its 19th year, it is also an institution, a combination of whimsy and fun.

“This is a unique parade, because you can see it a second time,” said Pat Tucker of Halcottsville. It’s true. It may be the only parade in the world, where marchers in green and more than a dozen fire vehicles, head down Main Street, only to double back. 

The parade was the brainchild of Dave Riordan of Halcottsville, who continues to serve as its organizer.

Syndicate content