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Out and About in Bertram

As we begin 2014 the focus in January is on our youth. School restarts next week, and various youth sports groups such as Little League will start recruitment. There will be more information about sign-ups next week in this column, or watch the Bertram Little League Facebook page for more information.

Youth who participate in 4-H and FFA are busy preparing their animals for the annual Burnet County Livestock Show. The Burnet County Livestock Show is unique because there are very few livestock shows in the country where each youth actually sells an animal. Here everyone who shows is guaranteed a sale, and overall sales for last year's show were close to $300,000. To this end, various groups around the county fundraise for their area. Locally, the Bertram Buying Committee will raise funds to support over 60 area youth. If you wish to support our students with a gift of money, you may do so by bringing a check to Jo Ann at Ranchers Feed, Lori at R Bank, or send your check to Bertram Buying Committee, P.O. Box 60, Bertram TX 78605.

New Year's Day

The Senior Center is one of Bertram's busiest places, and the members are inviting everyone for food and games on New Year's Day starting at 1 p.m. Bring a finger food to share.

Fundraiser

As some of you may know Bertram's Ministry Alliance is a group charged with aiding those in our area who need help with water bills. The Alliance is funded by donations and fundraisers. On January 24 they will hold a Soup Supper and Silent Auction from 5 - 7 at the school Cafeteria. They need quality auction items. If you can help, please contact First Baptist, Cumberland Presbyterian, First United Methodist, or the Church of Christ. Please come to the Soup Supper and enjoy some great soups and entertainment! Your participation will enable the Ministry Alliance to help our needy neighbors! You can also donate by adding extra money to your monthly water bill.

Rain

Rainfall, or the lack thereof, is a constant topic of conversation. Now that the 2013 is at an end, I've managed to garner a bit of interesting information. While I don't know anyone in the city that keeps track of rainfall totals, I keep track here, northeast of town. My total, through Dec. 29, was 29.6 inches. But, and this is a really big BUT...the Taylors out southeast of town received 44.35 inchesl! It's really incredible how totals differ over the distance of just a few miles. Are you jealous? I am! If anyone else has faithfully kept track of your rain totals for 2013, let me know and I'll put them in next week's column.

Oatfest News

According to the bylaws of the Oatmeal Festival Association, the Annual Meeting is to be held the last Saturday of February. The meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Feb.r 22 at the Lewis Building. This is a pot-luck supper and a general meeting to elect 2014 directors and discuss various aspects of this year's festival. Everyone is invited!

Odds 'n Ends

Bertram City Council will hold its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. at Charles Barton City Hall. The Bertram Chamber of Commerce will meet Monday, Jan. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bertram Senior Center.

Save the date: Sunday, Feb. 2. Once again Bertram will celebrate Donkey Day, which is our version of Groundhog Day. The festivities will take place at City Hall at 12:30. Will Pawnee, our favorite miniature donkey, predict an early spring or 6 more weeks of bitter winter?

That's all the news for this week. If you have news of interest for this column, email marcimasterson@gmail.com. Your deadline is Saturday.



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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2014



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