It was almost a Cocks family reunion recently at the First Reformed Church in Walden when four members of Boy Scout Troop 33, including two Cocks cousins, received their Eagle Badge.

It was almost a Cocks family reunion recently at the First Reformed Church in Walden when four members of Boy Scout Troop 33, including two Cocks cousins, received their Eagle Badge.

The honorees, each with their families and friends, were John Bardin, Dominic DelCorso and cousins Brian and Daniel Cocks, seniors at Valley Central High School.

Receiving the badge is a great accomplishment. It's a distinction that is usually carried through life. Part of the requirement to earn the badge is to complete a project that will benefit the community.

Dominic built a playground for an afterschool program for young children. John made a pathway around a community playground. Daniel created a spiritual path at the Goodwill Church, and Brian took on the awesome task of cleaning up the Coldenham Cemetery.

After the traditional Court of Honor ceremony, which includes recognizing people who are instrumental in helping the Eagles attain the highest level for a Boy Scout, the new Eagles pin their moms. It's a symbol of appreciation and respect that usually brings a few tears of joy and pride.

Then everyone breaks for refreshments, and pictures.

That's when the Cocks family moved to a corner of the social hall. If the structure was a boat, it would have tipped.

The four Cocks brothers are all Eagles. They also live within a mile of the family "homestead" in Walden where they were born and raised. Pete Cocks, who is the assistant Scout leader of Troop 33, owns PC Fine Woodworks, David is president and CEO of the Walden Savings Bank, and Will and Paul work for ECCO Construction out of New York City. Their mother, Elizabeth, is still a Walden resident. Their father, William, died last year. But his presence was felt at the Court of Honor. After all, he was his sons' Scout leader, although he wasn't an Eagle. And he was a role model and an inspiration to his grandsons who he knew were working on their Eagle badge. It was a ceremony and an event that stirred many memories and accomplishments. The apples didn't fall far from the tree.

The Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Mulberry House Senior Center at 62-70 W. Main St., Middletown. The annual members' flea market and swap meet will take the place of a program. Refreshments are available and admission is free. A clothing sale will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Wardrobes for Work Boutique at the Sullivan County United Way at 33 Lakewood Ave. in Monticello. Items are priced to move quickly. The AARP Chapter 975 of Ulster County will meet Monday at St. Charles Borromeo Church Hall on Route 44/55 in Gardiner. Sandwiches and coffee will be served at noon. The guest speaker is state Sen. John Bonacic. For information, call 820-0230.

A Veterans Appreciation Day was recently conducted at Vails Gate School. Among the many who attended and had a great time were members of the Veterans' Breakfast Brigade who socially meet weekly at Johnny D's Diner in New Windsor. The group is planning a picnic in June 16, with details still in the works. The members have built a great relationship with the staff and students at the Vails Gate School, and they are honored to be included in events. Many of the veterans will be attending the noon-4 p.m. free picnic Saturday for Orange County veterans and their families. It will be at the Thomas Bull Memorial Park on Route 416 in Campbell Hall. For information, call 291-2470.

Barbara Bedell's column appears daily. Call her at 346-3125.