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+ + $27M STIMULUS Hays, Travis, Williamson counties receive federal stimulus money. - Page 1D June 19, 2013 Page 1C BUDA BITS The 117th annual Camp Ben McCulloch reunion will observe a Memorial Service on Thursday, June 20 at 11 a.m. under the taber- nacle with Bo Henry as Master of Ceremonies. Later in the evening, a catfish dinner will be available starting at 5 p.m. and the Kyle Family will entertain at 7:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 8:30 and the dance gets underway at 9 p.m. with music by People's Choice. The final day of the reunion is Friday with the annual busi- ness meeting and election of officers at 2 p.m. The Dayton Roberts Memorial Fiddler's Contest starts at 6 p.m. under the tabernacle with all ages of fiddler players and some of the best you have ever heard. There will be bingo and lots of last minute visiting before the night ends with dancing under the stars with music by the Michael Myers Band. Coming up Saturday, June 29, members of Onion Creek Senior Citizens, along with sponsors United Heritage Charity Foundation and Buda Lions Club, will offer Casino Night at the new senior center in Buda. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and play is 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $25, which includes food, drinks and prizes. Purchase tickets before June 27 and get an extra $5,000 in chips. Contact Rich- ard Harlow at richardharlow@ or 512-626-4038 or Betty Conley at bettycon- ley' or 832 -541- 3485 for tickets or informa- tion. Proceeds from the event benefit the senior citizens center, which is located at 420 Bartons Crossing in Buda. A reminder to relatives and friends of Mark New that a celebration of his life will be held Friday, June 21 at First Baptist Church in Buda at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the service. Jean and Joe Mac Jones were married 66 years ago on Friday, June 28 and accord- ing to Jean, she was told that the marriage "would not last." Jean was just 17 and Joe Mac was 23 years old and "just the right man for her." They have been blessed with good health, good family and good friends. Congratulations to such a great couple. Birthday wishes go out to Jo Burdette-Kinnett on June 22; Tommy Poer and Pam Smith on June 23; Joe Randow and VeronicaVallejo on June 25; and Sandra Ramage on June 27. Yea, the first day of summer is Frida3~ June 21, and we have not had temperatures reach 100 degrees ... yet. Hays County law enforcers host Sunshine Kids Sheriff Gary Cutler and the Hays County Sheriff's Office were honored to assist the Sunshine Kids - children with cancer - in the 2013 Hill Country Adventure last week. Activities included police pursuit driving, Texas-style BBQ prepared by deputies, police escorts to the State Capitol and a motorcycle ride in the Hill Country. The HCSO has been involved with the Sunshine Kids Organization for many years. Employees say it is a special event they eagerly wait for each year. BY JORDAN GASS-POORE' The phone rang. Kyle resident Kris- tina Frederick sprang into action. Frederick received calls like this before in her three years as a volunteer for the Hospital Emergency Advocate Response Team, or HEARTeam, spon- sored by the Hays-Caldwell Women's Center (HCWC). In the dark, hair in a ponytail, Freder- ick drove to an area hospital to provide support for a gift who had been sexu- ally assaulted. Frederick said when she arrived at the hospital the girl questioned her reasons for being there. "How can you even relate to me? How do you know what I'm going through?" Frederick remembered the girl asking her. The young woman was reserved and cautious about speaking with Frederick. But she went through a similar situ- ation in her youth. Looking back, she described those events as torture. She married a man her senior year of high school who, for six years, physically and mentally abused her. "I told (the girl) that I'd been in her shoes," said Frederick. "I had no one to lean on." The information Frederick shared with the girl about her personal history with abuse cracked the door a bit. %t first, (the gift) didn't want anyone to touch her," she said. "Then after I told her (my story), she kind of opened up." As a HEARTeam member, Frederick is not only at the hospital to provide emotional support for the victim, as well as their family and friends, but can help explain the evidence collection process, provide information on the effects of abuse and recommend other services the HCWC provides. Kate Shaw, vol- unteer coordinator for the HCWC, said HEARTeam provides 24-hour crisis re- sponse to five Hays and Caldwell County hospitals for victims of sexual assault and family violence. Frederick said sometimes she is at the hospital to sit there and listen or be a silent companion for the victim. "I'm also a true believer that God puts you where you need to be," she said. This belief was true for Frederick after she left and subsequently divorced her first husband. She searched for organizations that provided crisis intervention and was surprised to find the HCWC. "I have been avic- tim myself in the past," said Frederick. "I told myself that when I was stable and in a good relationship I would give back." Frederick, now in a healthy relation- ship with fellow Kyle resident Kevin Yandell, said she is enjoying life as a family with Yandell, his daughter and COURTESY PHOTO HEARTeam volunteer Kristina Frederick gives back to the community by helping victims of sexual abuse and assault. She visits them in hospitals, providing comfort and emotional support. Frederick said she spent six years in a marriage to a man who physically and mentally abused her. her two children. When she initially called the HCWC, she said a representative from the non- profit spoke with her for quite some time and recolnmended she apply to be a "I have been a victim myself in tbepast. 1told myself that when I was stable and in a good relationship I would give back." - Kristina Frederick, HEARTeam volunteer HEARTeam volunteer with the organization. The position intrigued Frederick, a supervisor for the State Office of Risk Management for the past nine years. "It tugged on my heartstrings," she said. "I felt a calling." The Dripping Springs native partici- pated in the organiza- tion's mandatory Cer- tified Sexual Assault Advocate Training in its San Marcos-based office. Shaw said cur- riculum includes the history and policies of the HCWC, as well as tips and techniques that may help volun- teers assist victims. "It allows people to take action," she said. "It's for people who want to do something about violence in their community." Classes for this summer's training be- gan last week, with 14 people currently enrolled. Shaw said ideal candidates are mature, responsible and available to volunteer in various positions, such as HEARTeam and HELPLine, the organization's crisis hotline, once or twice a month. Up to 30 people will be able to apply for this fall's training, which begins Sept. 10. Applications are due Aug. 15 and can be found on the organization's website. "Whether the volunteer is helping a victim or explaining to a neighbor, it's so critical to have volunteers in our mission," said Shaw. "We perpetuate abuse when it's not talked about." Frederick, who has logged more than 1,000 hours of volunteer time since her start on HEARTeam, continues to advo- cate against sexual assault and family violence in her community. The 2011 Changemaker Award- winner said she hopes that, through her advocacy work, more people will be able to recognize the signs of abuse and will be knowledgeable about the ways to effectively help. With every call, Frederick said she comes away with mixed feelings: sad for the reasons why she is at the hos- pital, but glad to have the opportunity to help people. She doesn't ask them about their future, believing they all have a happy ending. There was one instance when some- one she previously encountered during a HEARTeam call saw her out and about and thanked her for the help she provided a friend. Frederick said the person came up to her and said, "'You probably don't remember me, but you helped my Mend. He's doing great.' I had tears in my eyes. That's even more touching than getting an award." She said people do not have to be battered and bruised to seek help. "They need to know that it happens," said Frederick. "It happens all the time and so many times it's behind closed doors. I think all it takes it one voice." Army officer to priceless art treasures IIS WEEK IN From Germany on June 19, 1945, Lt. Joe Tom Meador wrote the folks back in Whitewright, Texas to ask "if my packages are getting home." Two months earlier almost to the day, the 87th Armored Field Artillery occupied the medieval town of Quedlinburg 100 miles southwest of Berlin in the closing weeks of the Second World War. During a routine search, "an intoxicated soldier," according to the of- ficial Army history, stumbled across "valuables, art trea- sures, precious gems and records of all sorts" in a mine shaft outside of town. The priceless items, revered for their historical signifi- cance as much as their beauty, included the Samuhel Gospel, an illuminated Latin manu- script from the ninth century with a jewel-studded cover; the Evangelistar, a printed manuscript with jeweled cover dating back to 1513, and personal possessions of the first Saxon king who united the German states in the 900s. For centuries the Lutheran church had been the deposi- tory for this treasure trove, and neither Napoleon nor even the Nazis got their hands on it. Anticipating the chaos and looting certain to ac- company the collapse of the Third Reich, the Quedlinburg "hoard" was secretly hidden in an abandoned mine shaft. The officer in charge of the unit assigned to guard this fantastic find was a 29-year- old first lieutenant from a small Texas community north of Dallas and a stone's throw from the Red River. An art ma- jor in his college days at North Texas State, Joe Tom Meador knew just enough about the Middle Ages to recognize a golden opportunity when he saw it. Not long after Lt. Meador and his men moved on, church officials learned to their horror that the most valuable artifacts were miss- ing. They filed a complaint with the U.S. Army, which be- gan a slow-motion investiga- tion that ended in 1949 when Quedlinburg vanished behind the Iron Curtain. Meador was discharged in 1946 but not before facing a court-martial for swiping silverware from a Bavarian castle. He taught school for awhile in New London until his father took sick, and he had to go home to help his brother Jack run the family business. For the next three decades, Joe Tom led a double life. Five days a week, he could be found behind the coun- ter at the hardware store or in his backyard tending his prize-winning orchids. His weekends were spent in the gay district of Dallas, where he invited much younger men to his apartment to see his eye-popping souvenirs from the war. Prostate cancer cut short Joe Tom Meador's masquer- ade in 1980. In his will he left everything to his brother Jack and his sister Jane, wife of a Mesquite dentist. There was no mention of the German loot, but that was okay. They knew where to find it. Joe Tom had never parted with a single piece of the Quedlinburg spoils. For him money was no substitute for the pleasure of possessing the wonderful works of art. That was not the case with his greedy siblings, who wanted to cash in on their illegal inheritance. It is not clear whether Jack and Jane understood they See TEXAS HISTORY, pg. 4C +