Mision de Candelilla Fiesta fundraiser this Saturday

Fiesta 2013, the sixth annual fund-raiser for Fredericksburg-based Misión de Candelilla, will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Oak Hills Church and Event Center on Tivydale Road beginning with a silent auction at 6 p.m.

Honorary chairmen for the event will be long-time supporters Jim and Estela Avery, with special guest Carol Smith to be honored as one of the founders of the medical missions to Coahuila and Chihuahua in Mexico 27 years ago.

“We designed this event not just to raise funds, but especially to be fun for everyone who attends,” Sara Allerkamp, the organization’s associate director, said. “It’s a celebration of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far, and a promise of accomplishments to come.”

In its 27th year, Misión de Candelilla will conduct 10 missions to 10 different ejidos, or villages, each being visited several times, in the two northern Mexican states.


Bikers rally for deputy, family

EMOTIONAL APPRECIATION – Sheri Judd, center, wife of injured Gillespie County Chief Deputy Jim Judd, flanked by daughter Linda and son-in-law Mike Goy, thanks a crowd of about 50 riders at Saturday’s benefit motorcycle ride to help the family recover medical expenses after a June 25 auto accident. Jim Judd remains in a quadriplegic state from injuries sustained in the wreck, which also claimed the life of David Charles Meurer, 24, of Fredericksburg. Goy said riders and many others donated to help the Judd family cover medical expenses. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

Motorcycle riders and many others in autos rallied on Saturday to show support for injured Gillespie County Chief Deputy Jim Judd and his wife, Sheri.

About 50 motorcyclists, riding about 30 bikes, took part in a benefit ride on Saturday to help cover medical expenses after the deputy and his wife were severely injured in a June 25 wreck that claimed the life of the driver of the other auto involved. The chief deputy remains in a quadriplegic state and wife Sheri, wearing a neck brace, was scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.

“The fundraiser was very successful and it’s still bringing in donations, which will help with medical bills,” said Mike Goy, organizer and son-in-law to the Judds. “We are extremely thankful for all the support. This is an awesome community and the Lord really makes it a blessing to live here.”


Digitization program under way for WWII veteran interviews

TAPES with more than 4,000 interviews of World War II veterans are being digitized in museum archives.

By Austin Eck

In the front lobby of the George H.W Bush Gallery is a door that reads “Staff Only.” Those lucky enough to be granted access behind the door will climb a small staircase to the archives of the National Museum of the Pacific War.

This repository, called the Nimitz Education and Research Center (NERC), is the home of the archives collected for this museum. Like the museum, the NERC is state property under the Texas Historical Commission, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

The museum’s archive personnel began collecting oral histories 30 years ago — cassette tapes, VHS tapes, DVDs and even a couple of Betamax cassettes of interviews with World War II veterans.

In 2000, a group of volunteers were activated to gather as many interviews as quickly as possible. Today, an entire wall of filing cabinets are now filled with about 4,000 interviews.


4-Hers, adults honored at banquet

GOLD STAR AWARDS — Winning the highest awards given at the county level and presented at the 2013 Gillespie County 4-H Awards Banquet on Thursday night were Rachel Howell and Mattie Lastovica. Held at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Event Center, the banquet honored 4-Hers and adult leaders for their successes and accomplishments during the past year. — Standard-Radio Post Photo

Recognition of the achievements and successes of local youth highlighted the 2013 Gillespie County 4-H Awards Banquet on Thursday night.

The program and catered barbecue dinner were held at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center.

Among the honors presented were the Gold Star Awards to Rachel Howell and Mattie Lastovica.

As part of the evening, the new 2013-2014 Gillespie County 4-H Council officers were installed including Mackenzie Spisak, president; Kasie Vestal, vice president; Baylie Vogel, secretary; Dylan Sione, reporter; Braden Bowers, parliamentarian, and Elaine Lochte and Mason DeLong, council delegates.

A slide presentation by Lochte was also given.

Serving as mistress of ceremonies was Mattie Lastovica, the current council president.


Food Pantry in new home

The Fredericksburg Food Pantry is now helping local families from its new facility at 701 Mustang Street.

A ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday with the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors marked the official opening of the 3,000-square-foot building.

“Thank you. We’re here,” said Tommy Moose, president of the board of directors of the Fredericksburg Food Pantry.

“But don’t forget us. We still need to feed the people of Gillespie County and we need to fill the shelves back up,” Moose said. “Don’t slow down.”

He added, “We need to thank the City of Fredericksburg and all of those who donated to help make this possible.”

“Fredericksburg and Gillespie County got behind us and we got this done.”

The Fredericksburg Food Pantry moved into its new home from North Llano Street the last week of June.

The 40x75-foot building “conforms to our needs,” Moose said.


First Friday Art Walk Friday

Eleven art galleries are planning special events for Friday, Aug. 2, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

In most cases, the galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Each of the participating galleries are located within the Historic Shopping District.

The galleries will be showcasing various artists and mediums through demonstrations, opening receptions and casual art talks.

Wines from Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Torre di Pietra will be served.

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Participating galleries include Agave Gallery, Artisans At Rocky Hill, Beckendorf Gallery, Cowboy Bronze, Fredericksburg Art Gallery, Fredericksburg Art Guild,  InSight Gallery, Larry Jackson Antiques, Art & Estate Services, RS Hanna Gallery, River Rustic Gallery and Whistle Pik Galleries.


Family fun day ahead at Nimitz

Families are invited to beat the heat Friday, Aug. 2, with a morning of World War II-themed games and activities at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

This year’s program will start at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the Nimitz Museum.

Activities will include a tour of the George Bush Gallery with the head curator, a craft project in the ballroom and a scavenger hunt.

All activities will be flag-themed. The program is open to children eight to 11 years old and limited to 20 children.

This program is free and seating is limited. Reservations can be made with Stefanie Manee at 997-8600 ext. 223 or via email at [email protected].


Fundraiser for Honor Flight trips Thursday

The Gillespie County Veterans Service Office will host a fundraising event to raise money for Honor Flight trips.

The fundraiser is set for 6-10 p.m., Aug. 1 at Hondo’s on Main.

“This is an opportunity for our community to hear great music by our local musicians who are donating their time for this event, and there is no cover charge to get in,” said Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer.

In addition to music, World War II veterans will speak about their military service.

Honor Flights provide veterans with a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit monuments dedicated to them. During the trips, veterans are assigned a personal “guardian,” and the flights are equipped with medical staff.

Honor Flight Austin has scheduled the first Gillespie County veteran flight on Sept. 27-28 for 34 county veterans.


Needs Council to host two school supply drives

The Hill Country Community Needs Council will be hosting a pair of school supply drives from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, at H-E-B and again from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Wal-Mart.

Last year, the Needs Council helped 420 Gillespie County students with school supplies.

Each drive will be staffed with volunteers handing out lists of needed supplies and they will be ready to receive the supplies donated.

Woodforest National Bank inside Wal-Mart will have a donation box for school supplies through Friday, Aug. 9. Donations can also be dropped off at the Needs Council office, located at 209 South Acorn.

Families needing assistance with school supplies can come by the office and sign up through noon on Friday, Aug. 2.

The Needs Council is also seeking volunteers to help during the week of Aug. 12-17 in preparation for supply distribution from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17.


Law agencies make largest meth bust ever

Local law enforcement officers seized the largest cache of methamphetamine drugs in Fredericksburg’s history on Thursday, July 18, and arrested two men and two women in connection.

The bust means illegal narcotics with a street value of close to $30,000 will never make it into users’ hands.

Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Chief Steve Wetz confirmed the arrest came in the evening hours Thursday when a narcotics search warrant was executed on a unit in the Highland Oak Apartments, 1019 Friendship Lane.

Each of the four adults taken into custody now face a first-degree felony charge of “Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver in a Drug-Free Zone,” according to FPD Detective Terry Weed.

The charges carry a “drug-free zone” weight because the apartment complex has a playground frequented by children, while the Head Start school and First Baptist Church are also both located nearby, Weed said.


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