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4-H, FFA youths shine at the Burnet County livestock show

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Out and About in Bertram

We don't have an exact head count of the number of area youths who showed animals at the Bumet County Livestock Show last weekend, but judging from the pictures on Facebook, there were many, and of those, many winners in various categories.

A list of winners, along with plenty of winner photos and candid pictures, are located elsewhere in today's Burnet Bulletin. By next week, we should have a tally of participation and the amount of money the Bertram Buying Committee spent on our youth.

Thank you to all who participated and all their families and thank you to those individuals and businesses who donated! The show bam is particularly frigid in the type of weather we had last weekend, so those who attended really had to brave the elements.

Little League

Bertram's Little League officers are busy preparing for this year's season. The three things they need are sponsors, participants and volunteers.

Sponsorships are available at three levels: Platinum (attained with a donation of $500), Gold ($225/$300) or Silver ($100.) Anyone who can help this year's group of Little League youths is asked to visit Sponsorship forms will be available for download on the home page.

Or, for more information, call Katy Duke at 512-350-7436 or email her at

Online registration for this spring's Little League season has begun and will run through Jan. 25. Go to the same link previously listed for forms and information. On-site registration will be at the library's meeting room on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2-5 p.m.

Tryouts are scheduled on Sunday, Feb. 1. Cost to participate in Little League for the season is $55 per child or $125 per family if paid by the Jan. 20 deadline. Those signing up after that date will be asked to pay an additional $10 late legislation fee.

To register, each future player must show a birth certificate and their family must furnish three documents proving residency. Call Carolyn at 830-220-1353 for more information.

Volunteer opportunities will be posted in future columns.

Save the Monarchs

Last Wednesday's Garden Club meeting was one of the best-attended meetings in recent history, attesting to the interest of saving and expanding the Monarch Butterfly's habitat, as well as attracting butterflies to our properties.

Master Gardener Sylvia Williams gave an excellent, informative program about butterflies' needs such as host and nectar plants. A list of those will be available at the library. Members of Bertram's Prairie Flower Garden Club intend to purchase seeds and grow as many milkweed plants (Monarch host plants) as possible with the expressed intent to widen the Monarchs' range and to replace milkweed that has been subject to insecticides.

Anyone who has a greenhouse that is kept heated is asked to contact me through the information at the bottom of this article. We are trying to sprout and grow enough plants for Bertram's public space and to sell to individuals at the garden club's plant sale in May.

Ministry Alliance

Bertram's Ministry Alliance's Annual Fundraiser will be held Friday, Jan. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bertram Elementary Cafeteria.

As in past years, it will be a soup supper and silent auction. Please plan to attend. The Alliance furnishes money to help area needy residents with their water bills. This upcoming event serves as the

Alliance's only fundraiser of the year.

If anyone has an item of value to donate to the silent auction, he/she is asked to contact Daryl Johnson at 512-355-03552 or bring it to the Baptist Church, the First United Methodist Church, the First Christian Church or to the Church of Christ. Or email me with deetails at the address provided below.

Odds 'n Ends

Several people pointed out that I failed to list rainfall totals for 2014. Sorry about that! I only have two totals: I received an even 27 inches (1174 North); and Gene Taylor to the south received 27-75 inches. We need someone in the city to keep a record and also to the east and west. Can someone please volunteer to do this?

There is still a need for some new volunteers (and back-up volunteers) to deliver for the Meals on Wheels program in Bertram the third and fourth Tuesdays of every month beginning in January. Volunteers are asked to pick up meals for delivery at the Burnet Neighborhood Center (102 East Johnson

Street) at 10:30 a.m. and deliver them to designated locations in the Bertram area Most days, drivers are finished by noon.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help our fellow residents who need a nutritious meal here and there is asked to contact Paul Hicks, program manager, for more information by calling him at 512-715-9717.

That's all the news for this week. If you have news of local interest for this column, or if you have a greenhouse to help with the Monarch butterfly project or an item to donate to the Bertram Minsitry Alliance annual fundraiser's silent auction, please don't hesitate to email me at

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Original Publication Date: January 14, 2015

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