The Women’s University Club of Middletown conducted its annual reception to award scholarships to six women who graduated from Middletown High School, and two who graduated from SUNY Orange.

Recipients are Grace Guh, Megan Dubin and Angela Feidler, who each received Women’s University Club scholarships, Tiffany Marrero and Gretchen Witt, SUNY Orange Scholarships, Grace Feely, Mikaela Gray and Alexis Oppong who each received Middletown High School Scholarships; Grace in Math, Mikaela in English, and Alexis in Science.

Linda Nilon, president, congratulated each of the honorees. The club, at 98, is believed to be the oldest women’s organization in the City of Middletown to be of continuous service. The scholarships given are intended to support women on their educational journey to earn a four year bachelor’s degree. Membership is open to local women who have graduated from a four year school with a bachelor’s degree. For information call Nilon at 590-8774.

Coming up

The 38th annual Herb Day Lecture and Luncheon hosted by the Friends of Hill Hold and Brick House Museums in Montgomery, will begin with the lecture at 10 a.m. Aug. 7 at the Graham Skea Lodge in the Orange County Park in Montgomery. “Fragrant Herbs for the Kitchen & Crafts” is the subject that will be shared by Master Gardener Patti Martellaro. Following the talk, the catered lunch, prepared by the Eagle’s Nest Catering in Bloomingburg, will be served in a party tent on the lawn of the Hill Hold Museum across the road from the Skea Lodge.

The fundraiser for the museums is $45 per person and includes a silent auction, door prizes, and herb baskets that will be for sale. On premise is the Goosetown Gift Shop where other items, including potted herbs, will be for sale. Advance registration is requested along with prepayment. For reservations call 615-3828.

**The annual reception to benefit the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan will be Nov. 14, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Anthony’s Pier 9 on Route 9W in New Windsor. During the gathering, Andrew Pavlof, CPA, and Thomas Weddell, CPA, will be given the David T Cocks Award for Commitment to Community. The presenting sponsor is Crystal Run Healthcare. As the date nears we’ll print a reminder, but for now the organizers wanted to post the event early enough that other nonprofit will chose other dates. For information call 769-9393.

This & that

**Alex Prizgintas, a recent Monroe-Woodbury High School graduate, has been invited to speak at 10 a.m. July 19 at Mount Saint Mary College Adult Enrichment on the Desmond Campus in Newburgh. His topic will be the little known and shortest railroad in the region, the Arden House Incline Railroad built by railroad baron E. H. Harriman. The railroad is ¾ of a mile long and has elaborate stations at the base and summit. In addition to the talk, he will bring a mini museum which includes the Harriman train station sign.

**The Michael Rabinowitz Jazz Quartet, featuring Matt King on Piano, will perform at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in Maureen’s Jazz Cellar, 2 N. Broadway in Nyack. There’s a $15 cover. For information visit:

**The Minisink Chapter NSDAR will conduct the annual commemoration of the Battle of Minisink at 11 a.m. July 22 at the Minisink Monument on Main Street in Goshen. The speaker is Stephen Skye, president and historian of the Neversink Museum of History and Innovation. His topic will be “Why the Goshen Militia Rushed to the Rescue and Was Devastated at the Battle of Minisink.

**Orange County Veterans Service will have a representative present to assist filing VA claims and obtaining benefits from 10 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m. every second and fourth Friday of the month at the Warwick Valley Veterans Information Center starting July 27. The center is located at 10 Colonial Ave. Veterans are advised to call 291-2470 to make appointments to avoid waiting.

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