Teacher assistants from RECAP’s (Regional Economic Community Action Program’s) Head Start were honored by the Child Care Council of Orange County for their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and work with preschool children. They were recognized at the council’s annual membership dinner in December at Colden Manor at Spruce Lodge in Montgomery. During the evening, when pictures were taken for the scrapbook, the full group wasn’t present, but they were applauded.

• The Town of Wallkill American Legion Post 141 continues to receive invitations and plaudits for doing a terrific job with its patriotism program for school children. Recently Pine Bush High School Principal Aaron Hopmeyer invited veterans from the Town of Wallkill American Legion Post 141 to come to lunch when the students were in the cafeteria and gather information that could lead to a new video on the veteran’s patriotism program for students in the upper grades. So far, more than 30,000 students have seen a tape that has been a super aid for students, but a newer one could focus on more for older students.

Concert set at SUNY Orange

The American String Quartet marks its 45th anniversary with an appearance at 3 p.m. Jan. 27 in Orange Hall on the SUNY Orange campus in Middletown. The concert with pianist Vadim Serebryany will play selections by Ravel, Dvorak, and Tsontakis. Vadim is a recitalist, concert soloist, and chamber musician. He has performed in Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Japan. He received his doctorate in music from Yale and teaches at Ithaca College.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for senior residents, faculty, staff and alumni. They can be obtained in the box office starting at 2 p.m. on the day of the concert. For information, call 341-4891.

Coming up

• The Estate of Mind auction house on Route 17 in Middletown will have a preview from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Jan. 11, and from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Jan. 12 for the auction that will follow at 11 a.m. Jan. 12. Donations for this event will benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Admission to both the preview and auction are free.

The auctioneers enjoy passing on information that benefits the attendees and enhances the items available. In this auction there’s a large collection of gelatin silver photographs and rare and first edition books. For information, call 386-4403 or visit LiveAuctioneers.com/estate-of-mind. Linda Dubin, a retired teacher, is a member of the auction’s management committee.

• The annual blood drive sponsored by the Christian Service Committee of Sacred Heart Church in Monroe will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the school on Still Road in Monroe. Winter and summer are when donations of blood are most needed; the need is attributed to activities that take people outdoors and on the roads where accidents occur. Blood is accepted from students as young as 16 with a parent’s permission. People 75 and older need a physician's OK. For information, call Aileen McCarthy at 783-3389.

• The Knights of Columbus of the Holy Name of Mary Church in Montgomery are having a blood drive from 2-8 p.m. Jan. 21 in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Last year, the Knights organization worldwide donated 392,944 pints as well as a cash donation of $177 million. For more information, call the Knights at 2270@hvc.rr.com or go to nybloodcenter.org/ss70cl.

• Town of Newburgh Police Chief Donald Campbell said the department is hosting a Citizen’s Police Academy. It will be a six-week program on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. beginning Feb. 12 that meets at the Town of Newburgh police headquarters. The program is designed to give concerned members of the community an opportunity to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of their police department. “Participants will gain a better understanding of the department’s procedures, responsibilities and demands in hopes of developing a better understanding of law and enforcement activities in their communities,” said Chief Campbell.

The program is free. Applicants must be at least 21 or college students at least 18 years of age. Citizens who live in the Town of Newburgh and haven’t previously attended this program will be given preference since space is limited. Applications are available at police headquarters and on the Town of Newburgh website, townofnewburgh.org. Completed applications are due by Feb. 4. For additional information, call Police Officer Katherine Otero at 564-1100.

Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. She can be reached at 346-3125 or by email: bbedell@th-record.com.