The Orange County Amateur Radio Club will offer comprehensive instructional classes in preparation for a license from the FCC. The entry-level “Technician Class License” permits operating privileges on all VHF & UHF frequencies using a wide range of available radios, mobile, hand-held and base station. Prior experience is not needed and there is no age limit to register for classes. The instruction is free. Students have to purchase the Q&A instructional manual.

Registration is open for three Saturday morning four-hour classes, Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and 8. They will be at the Orange County Emergency Communications Center in Goshen.

The 35-question “Technician” test will be administered at the same location on the last day of the class, or at a Cornwall location on Oct. 21. Classroom seating is limited.

Register for the classes using the online form at ocarc-ny.org or phone 391-3620 and leave your name and phone number. Registrants will receive directions, class syllabus, manual purchase availability, and detailed class information.

Coming up

- The most popular program for children at the Janice Center on Route 52 in Jeffersonville, is a music get-together session. There are two 45-minute sessions coming up. One is Thursdays at 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 15, and the other is Saturdays at 11, starting Sept. 17. For information and/or to register, call 482-3324 or visit janicecenter.com.

This and that

- Heather Connors LaBruna is a lovely women with a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. In the fall of 2013 she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer - the fourth woman in her family, and the only one alive. After medical treatment she reports there is now no evidence of the disease. She is planning to participate in the Tour de Pink for a NYC-based nonprofit, Young Survival Coalition (she’s under 40). Perhaps there are people who would like to learn more about the group and will support Heather with a donation for the tour. To learn more about the group, visit youngsurvival.org. This year’s bike ride is from Bucks County, Pa., to Cape May, N.J., Sept. 16-18. To donate, visit East.YSCtourDePink.org/HeatherLaBruna.

- The staff at Foresters Financial, at 263 Route 17K, Town of Newburgh, led by Charles Medlicott, vice president and branch manager, donated 100 goody bags filled with nourishing snacks to Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh, Inc. “Foresters believes in giving back to the community,” said Medlicott, “and Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh is a great cause.” They were received by Carole McDermott, president of Meals, with great appreciation.

- Candace Schuster is the new executive director of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, which is housed at the Crawford House, 189 Montgomery St. in Newburgh. She previously worked for 10 years in administrative roles at Vassar College. She holds degrees in business administration and in history and museum studies. Reach her at 561-2585.

 

Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. Reach her at 346-3125 or by email: bbedell@th-record.com.