Bags*Boots & Bingo – Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center Fundraiser – 2018

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Photography by:  Ron Munden

The Martin House —
The children’s advocacy center model originated in 1983 by then-District Attorney Bud Cramer in Huntsville, Alabama. Recognizing that child victims were being re-victimized by the very system that was supposed to protect them, Cramer led a group of front line workers from CPS and law enforcement agencies, nurses, mental health providers, and others to establish the first Children’s Advocacy Center in 1985. Today, the Huntsville center is the National Children’s Advocacy Center and serves as a model and resource for advocacy centers across the country. Bud Cramer went on to serve as a US Congressman where he continued to fight for children until his retirement in 2008.

Amarillo is the proud home of the first CAC in Texas when The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center opened its doors in 1990. Since then, communities all across the state have established multidisciplinary teams to investigate, prosecute, and provide intervention for abuse victims and their non-offending family members.

In 1998, leaders in both Gregg and Harrison counties began educating their communities regarding the need for a children’s advocacy center. East Texas CASA contacted Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, the membership association for CACs in Texas, and the process of starting a CAC in our community began.

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Veterans Day Program – November 11, 2018 – Gallery 2

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By Ron Munden

Ornelas Spiritual life Center — East Texas Baptist University — Marshall Texas

To honor the brave service and sacrifice of all Veterans and to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, which ended World War I on Novembet 11, 1918

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Veterans Day Program – November 11, 2018 – Gallery 1

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By Ron Munden

Ornelas Spiritual life Center — East Texas baptist University — Marshall Texas

To honor the brave service and sacrifice of all Veterans and to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, which ended World War I on Novembet 11, 1918

Take a look at the 69 photos.

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Henderson Texas Syrup Festival – 2018

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By Ron Munden

The tradition of ribbon cane syrup making will be commemorated at the Annual Heritage Syrup Festival, always the second Saturday of November from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The highlight of the only folk life festival in East Texas is the syrup making demonstration on the Depot Museum grounds. Experienced syrup makers operate the museum’s antique mule powered equipment to produce old fashioned cane syrup.

While the syrup cooks, other folk artist demonstrate the techniques of lace making, rope making, basket making, blacksmithing, wood carving, quilting, and other old-time survival skills. Folk singers entertain, antique tractors whine, a petting zoo, and local civic organizations offer a varied selection of food and beverages.

From the museum, the festivities spread six blocks to Heritage Square, which is located in the Downtown National Register Historic District. Browse among the 150 handcrafted arts and crafts booths, sample East Texas cuisine and enjoy the musical entertainment on stage one. Enjoy Henderson’s Civic Theatre performance of a melodrama at the Opera House.

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