The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 28, 1986 · Page 10
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 10

Baytown, Texas
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Monday, April 28, 1986
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10-A THE BAYTOWN StJN Monday, April 28. 1986 Frederick loves work with BBBS SUSAN FREDERICK loves her work with the East Harris County office of Big Brothers and Sisters in Baytown. Coast guardsmen shiver through clothing tests ASTORIA, Ore. <AP> — "I'm leaking ... I'm leaking," shouted Fred Libby. The water's cold. The shouts are genuine. But they're also part ot the routine when the volunteers plunge into the Columbia River water for hypothermia testing. Libby held his left arm high to try to stop the 44-degree water from seeping into his flight suit through the tear in the shoulder. On board the 52-t'ool motor lifeboat Triumph. Cmdr. Alan Steinman shouted to him to put his arm back in the water or the test wouldn't work. The petty officer second class t r o in S I a I i o n (_' <i p e D i s- appointment retorted with a mock protest, gritted his teeth and stuck the arm back under I he surface. ' The wafer numbs their bodies quickly when the six U.S. Coast (iuardsmen first hit the water. The bravado and shouts hold tor a while. But Ihen I he chattering teeth and shivering takeover. Libby drew the least effective suit lo wear during the lest. He also had to test it immersed in Ihe water, rather lhan sitting on the mock-up of a capsized boat hull or in the one-man life raft Ihe group is testing tor the U.S. Navy. After 25 minules in the water, he called lo Ihe Triumph lo find on I how last his temperature was dropping. Fast Thai was good news he'd be out of the waler sooner. There are eight volunteers — lour from Air Station Astoria and two each from the motor lifeboat stations at Cape Disappointment and Grays Harbor — who rotate through three different rough water exposure conditions and test six kinds of protective clothing. While in the water, they are tethered to the Triumph by a safety line. The line also carries a data hookup from the sensors measuring each man's skin and body temperature to monitoring equipment. Each man stays in the water until his body temperature drops below i)5 degrees, until he asks to come out. or until Steinman. a doctor attached to the Coast Guard district headquarters in Seattle, tells him to come out. The longest that anyone stays in the water is two hours. Steinman started setting up for the tests at Cape Disappointment in January. In all. there are 20 tests in the water. From them all. he is gelling information that will help determine survival strategies lor helicopter and aircraft crews and lor recreational boaters. Most of the results are still preliminary, but Steinman said the lests definitely showed that one's chances were better out of the water — on an overturned boat, in a raft, or on floating debris -- than they are immersed in it. The tests also show where to make compromises between what is comfortable in normal use and necessary in an emergency School menus TUESDAY BAYTOWN BREAKFAST — Fruit juice, sausage, biscuit and milk. LUNCH — Pizza or manager's choice meat, beans, corn, broccoli, salad, bread, milk and cookie. BARBERS HILL BREAKFAST — Sausage, biscuit, juice and milk. LUNCH — Taco or liver, rice, pinto beans, taco salad, corn- bread, milk and fruit cup. ST. JOSEPH LUNCH - Char-broiled steak, rice with gravy, green peas, fruit and milk. CROSBY BREAKFAST — Pancakes with syrup. LUNCH — Dagburgers, french fries, pop-eye salad, gelatin cubes and milk. Susan Frederick has been named director of the East Harris County office of Big Brothers and Sisters located in Baytown. And after a month with BBBS, Ms. Frederick said she enjoys her work and the challenges it presents. "I love it... as soon as I meet all of our people and learn the files, I hope to make a lot more matches. Things ought to really pick up then," she explains. The East Harris County office serves the Baytown, Highlands, Crosby, Channelview, Mont Belvieu, La Porte and Pasadena communities. . As director, Ms. Frederick is responsible for matching adult volunteers to children of single parent households. The program is designed to develop friendships that help a child grow and 'mature in a positive way. Her duties also include acting as a counselor for both adult and child in learning how to develop their relationship. In addition to DAN SHELLEY FOR State Representative Family Man T> Veteran TT Community Leader Vote May 3, Republican Primary her case work, Ms. Frederick will run the Baytown office, a branch of Houston Big Brothers and Sisters. With 26 matches and a waiting list of nearly 200 children, Ms. Frederick said her first goals are to make the community more aware of the BBBS program and to increase the number of adults matched to children. To become a Big Brother or Sister, volunteers must be at least 19 years old, have a stable lifestyle, be willing to commit at least a year to the program and be able to spend three to five hours a week with their Little Brother or Sister. Ms. Frederick explained that some potential volunteers might fear that they do not have the time to devote to a young friend, and so do not join the program. "But once they get into it, they realize they like it and it's easier to fit into their schedules," she said. "Kids need that regular contact so desperately." With regard to other requirements for adult volunteers, Ms. Frederick said, "If they can be a friend, they can be a Big Brother or Sister." Raised in Lake Jackson, Ms. Frederick holds a master of science degree in education from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and a bachelor of science in education from • Stephen F. Austin University where she majored in social work and sociology. She is married to David Hicks with whom she has a 1-year-old son, Joseph. They have lived in Baytown for two years. Ms. Frederick brings with her more than eight years of experience in the field of social work. She has been a child placement specialist for the Children's Protective Services for Liberty/Chambers Counties and Brazoria County. Before that she served as coordinator of client services for the Angleton. Youth Home operated by MHMR and as an eligibility worker for the Aid to Families with Dependent Children in Angleton. To enable her to achieve her goals more effectively, Ms, Frederick said she wants to net;work with other social servic$ agencies in the area. The BBBS office is located in the educational building of First Christian Church, 201 Forrest. "We're really glad to have facilities in the church," she said. "I'd like lo tell Baytown that we're here and we want to match volunteers to children so they can help those children in the growing process," Ms;. 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