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Bertram sees growth in 2011

Burnet Bulletin of Burnet, Texas

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Out and About in Bertram

A review of 2011 reveals growth in the city as well as the countryside. While there are numerous homes for sale in the city, the number of homes in the countryside continues to expand, growing our population slowly but surely.

The major sign of growth within the city is represented by our beautiful, state-of-the-art library, named for Joann Cole Mitte, a citizen who is fondly remembered by all. The grand opening of the building was Jan. 18, and since that date the library's usage has nearly quadrupled over previous years, with patrons enjoying the spacious rooms, numerous computers and WiFi, and the meeting room, Which is free to all and is constantly used. The library will continue to expand services as time goes by. Look for a new coffee shop in the foyer in the next few weeks.

The Library Thrift Store moved into the space left by the former library; after renovation, the store opened in February, and its profits have increased dramatically. Of course, all thrift store proceeds benefit the library.

February also saw the completion of several Facade Grants proved to businesses by the Bertram Economic Development Corporation. Carolyn's Market was one of the grant recipients, and they held their grand re-opening in March.

In April Bertram Elementary was named a Texas Education Agency Title I, Distinguished Performance School for 2010-2011. It was a great honor, and thanks go to the school's staff as well as support given by parents.

Bertram's new Senior Center opened in early May. The building was purchased by the Bertram EDC and has proven to be a popular spot for gatherings of all sorts for those over 55. It is open weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. and at other times for various classes and meetings. Also in May, the Bertram Polling Place formally moved from the American Legion Hall to the new library. After two elections, most voters are very happy with the new arrangement.

June marked the opening of Pilot Knpb Winery and Event Center, Which is located just north of Bertram. It has steadily increased its level of activities, and it is becoming a popular destination, bringing many new tourists through Bertram.

June, July and August marked the height of our drought - or, so people thought. Those months were hot and dry and marked by many wildfires throughout the area. Because of local and county burn bans, our popular Fourth of July fireworks show was cancelled, and burn bans went into effect in the city. Little did we know then that the drought would worsen and continue until the winter months.

September brought a moderately successful Oatmeal Festival. Although the hot, dry weather was not conducive to outdoor activities, still the festival saw decent crowds and made a profit.

In November, the city sponsored another well-attended Veterans' Day Parade. Many years ago this event was small, with very little attendance. Thanks to all who have helped this very special parade and ceremony grow and prosper! November also marked the retirement of a lady that is special to all in Bertram. Annie Dell Taylor retired as president of Farmers State Bank after spending 45 years in the banking industry!

And then.. some rain and cooler weather came - not a lot of either, but enough to take the edge off the drought. Once December came along, we had many days of light rain and drizzle, punctuated by a few downpours. When all was said and done, we had about 4.5 inches of rain in December, which brought our rain total to 17.7 inches for the year. Big thanks to Gene Taylor for keeping great records.

Now, as we head into 2012, the drought warnings are out again. Let's hope that they are proven to be wrong.

Bertram Little League

It's time to gear up for the spring Little League season. Registration goes through January 31, and forms are available at the school and library. Fees are: $50 per child for tee ball, coach pitch baseball, & softball, and there is a cap of $125 per family if they have 3 or more kids enrolled. Try outs will be held at Bertram Baseball Fields at 9 a.m. Feb. 4 for ages 8 and 9 and at 10 a.m. for ages 10 and up. All players eight and up playing minors, majors or junior baseball or softball must try out to be placed on a team!

Odds 'n Ends

The Bertram Recycle Center continues to need your help! If you can donate a few hours of your time each month, you will make a great difference! Duties include sorting, crushing cans, and packing. If you can help, please call Ken Odiorne at 512.355.2542.

It's time to look ahead to the Burnet County Livestock Show later this month. Over 60 Bertram area 4-H and FFA students will participate, and the Bertram Buying Committee is collecting money to buy these kids' animals. If you wish to contribute, stop by Rancher's Feed and talk to Norman Snow.

The Bertram Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9 at the Bertram Senior Center. All interested persons are invited to attend.

The Bertram City Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at Charles Barton City Hall.

That's all the local news for this week. If you have items of interest to the community and wish to see them in this column, email me at Your deadline is Saturday.

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Original Publication Date: January 4, 2012

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