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Christmas Open House & Scavenger Hunt

Kids Town - Children's Gift Giving Bazaar

Preserving Produce Workshop at Farmers Market on May 4th 2013

Would you like to learn more about safely preserving the extra produce from your garden?  A food preservation workshop will be offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension at the Halifax Farmers Market on Saturday May 4th, 2013 at 10:00am.  Eric Bowen, Area Food Safety Specialist, will be discussing how to preserve fresh foods using pressure canner/hot water bath methods and the basics of food safety including bacteria and food spoilage, canning and equipment, and freezing.  Please call Chris Brown, Extension Agent, ANR at 434-476-2147 with any questions.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Chris Brown, Halifax County Extension Office at 434-476-2147 during business hours of 8am and 5pm to discuss accommodations at least 5 days prior to the event.

PSA-Town of Halifax Property Taxes (Personal Property and Machine & Tool Mailing)

Date:    October 14, 2016

Re:       PSA-Town of Halifax Property Taxes (Personal Property and Machine & Tool Mailing)

l Public Service Announcement:

The Town of Halifax would like to notify residents, businesses and personal property owners that 2016 tax bills for personal property and machine & tool taxes are being mailed on October 28th. December 5, 2016 is the due date both on personal property and machine & tool taxes along with the real estate billing notices mailed to property owners earlier on August 29, 2016 for the Town of Halifax. Please check each item listed on the tax bill to ensure that it reflects accurately all personal property owned as of January 1, 2016. If any additions, deletions or adjustments need to be made, call 434-476-2343 so these corrections can be entered for the Town of Halifax billing information and then forwarded to the Halifax County Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office which gathers and provides the tax data to all the localities.

Halifax is pleased to continue offering the payment option for Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills using Paymentus Corporation, a third party automated payment service that accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Electronic Check. This payment plan can only be accessed online or by Phone using Paymentus. This system will not be set up for payments in person at the Halifax Town Hall, although cash and check payments will continue to be accepted in person. You may make your payment anytime, any day, 24/7. Paymentus Corporation will charge a convenience fee for each transaction (the fee covers payment handling and processing charges). Customers should be ready with the following information:

For Real Estate, the 5-digit Parcel ID number (located on your billing statement),

For Personal Property, the 4-digit Tax ID number (located on your billing statement),

•Your Credit Card number or your Checking Account and Routing Number

To pay your bill by phone dial: 1-877-489-1674 to call a secure automated telephone payment system, powered by Paymentus Corporation.

To pay your bill online go to the Town of Halifax website http://www.townofhalifax.com, click on the “Pay Online Taxes” bar at the top and go to a secure third party website at Paymentus Corporation.

Again, the deadline for payment for all taxes due is Monday December 5, 2016. If a receipt is desired, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. Payments made after the due date or postmark are subject to 10% Penalty and 10% Interest Per Annum. In addition to applicable penalties and interest, as of February 5, 2017, 30 days after the second notice has been mailed, all unpaid tax bills will be assessed a $15 administrative fee (real estate & personal property) and a $30 vehicle registration renewal hold placed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for personal property. If ownership of property has been transferred during the current tax year, the bill should be forwarded to the responsible party. For information about the tax assessment of property, please contact the County Commissioner of Revenue’s Office at 434-476-3314. If you have any questions about phone or online payments, please call Halifax Town Hall at 434-476-2343.

Fall Gardening Series Coming Up

Fall Gardening Series Coming up

            This fall the Southside Master Gardener Association will present three gardening programs. The talks will be held at the South Boston – Halifax County Museum on Fridays November 4, 11 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. These sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested so call 434-476-2147, option 0 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

            On Friday November 4, Chris Mullins, Virginia Cooperative Extension expert on greenhouse and nursery operations, will present Hydroponics. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water. Systems can be simple with water you maintain on a periodic basis or complicated loop systems that include fish tanks to provide nutrition to the plants. Chris will share the in and outs of using these systems in the home environment.

            Kathy Conner Cornell will present Rose Care and Maintenance on Friday November 11. Roses are a garden favorite because they are so beautiful and smell heavenly and they have a long bloom time. But roses do have their thorny issues and Kathy will discuss proper planting methods, how to properly prune and deadhead and tips to prevent disease.

            The mighty chestnut tree was once the King of the Forest. However, a blight hit the trees in the early twentieth century and by the 1950’s the tree was completely demolished. Jennifer Gagnon, Coordinator of Virginia Forest Landowner Education, will discuss the history of this magnificent tree and the current efforts to restore these trees by creating a hybrid of the American Chestnut and the Chinese Chestnut which is completely resistant to the blight.

            Come and join the Master Gardeners for these presentations. Call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, option 0 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a reservation. Light snacks will be served and Thyme to Eat, the new Master Gardener Cookbook, will be offered for sale at each session.

Blurbs about our upcoming gardening classes.  Thanks, Kathy Conner Cornell 

Friday, November 4

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  

Hydroponics

Hydroponics and greenhouse expert Chris Mullins will discuss how to grow plants in a water system

South Boston - Halifax County Museum

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 434-476-2147, dial 0 for reservations

Friday, November 11

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Rose Maintenance and Care

Master Gardener Kathy Conner Cornell will discuss proper planting, pruning and care of roses

South Boston - Halifax County Museum

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 434-476-2147, dial 0 for reservations

Friday, November 18

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Saga of the American Chestnut

Jennifer Gagnon, Coordinator, VA Forest Landowner Ed, will discuss the history and demise of this stately tree and current restoration efforts

South Boston - Halifax County Museum

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 434-476-2147, dial 0 for reservations