The Junior League of Orange County, in its 85th year of service, conducted its annual dinner meeting recently at the Powelton Club in Balmville.

The Junior League of Orange County, in its 85th year of service, conducted its annual dinner meeting recently at the Powelton Club in Balmville.

Barbara Fehribach, outgoing president, presented awards including ones to League members. The Distinguished Service Award went to Heather Batelic, the Volunteer of the Year Award to Tara Lown, and the Sustainer of the Year Award to Kathi Webber, a past president who currently has sustainer membership status.

Fehribach presented the annual President's Award to nonmember Jonnie Wesley-Kruger, director of training, education and development at Orange Regional Medical Center, and immediate past president of the Orange County United Way's board of directors. The award was given for "her exceptional commitment to improving the lives of children and families in Orange County," said Fehribach.

Kellie Gassett, a recent graduate of Monroe-Woodbury High School, received the League's Community Service Scholarship Award.

New members of the group were welcomed. They are Ulrika Kadala, Kat Foley, Isabelle Ryan and Elizabeth Cappello.

Before the meeting ended, new officers were installed including Mary Ann Marrerro, president. Marrerro in recognizing the group's successful year presented Fehribach with an award in appreciation for her leadership and service.

Membership is open to women over 21 who are interested in leadership development through voluntarism. General membership meetings are on the first Monday of each month from September-June. For information, call 344-8554 or write to the group through P.O. Box 515, Middletown 10940.

The 120th Ulster County Fair opens Tuesday in New Paltz and runs through Aug. 5. Youths in the 4-H program are especially eager. More than 300 will be exhibiting some 2,000 projects in the Youth Building. The range is from horticulture to agriculture and from home economics to arts and crafts. With a theme, "Give Change, Make Change for Youth," there will be plenty to see as well as a variety of food booths. The 4-H Teen Council will have a milkshake booth all week. Also there will be a bake sale on Tuesday from 4-9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Family and Consumer Science program. For information, call Jude DeFalco at 340-3990.

When Rep. Maurice Hinchey learned about World War II Marine veteran John Guilfoyle's patriotic efforts of purchasing and donating American flags to local organizations, businesses and senior groups, he decided to give the Middletown resident a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. During the war, Guilfoyle served as a personnel administrator in the South Pacific, where he met his wife, Irene, who also was serving in the Marine Corps. Since returning home to Middletown, they've been active volunteers serving in many leadership capacities especially with veterans groups including the American Legion, the VFW and the U.S. Marine Corps League. In paying for and distributing the flags, they have always desired to see more flags flying. Good job. Michael LaFountain was recently elected president of the Catskill Toastmasters Club 9542 during the 14th anniversary celebration of the group. He succeeds Pat Hendrickson. The event took place at the Trattoria in Liberty, with Sullivan County Legislator Sam Wohl as the installing officer. The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Sullivan ARC building at 162 Broadway in Monticello. New members and guests are always welcome. For information, call LaFountain at 797-4158.

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