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Bertram youth strut their stuff over weekend at livestock show
Out and About in Bertram
Area youth excel at Burnet County Livestock Show!
The Burnet County Livestock Show is unique because there are very few livestock shows where each youth sells an animal. Here, everyone who shows is guaranteed a sale, and overall sales for last week's show were close to $300,000.
In tough economic times, one would expect a drop in monetary support for buying our 4-H and FFA kids' animals at the County Stock Show. Not so this year. Locally, the Bertram Buying Committee and other area bidding consortiums bought an animal from each and every Bertram area youth, spending an average of $1,000 for each. We had 65 compete from the area, so you can see that a considerable amount of money was donated locally. Thank you to area individuals, organizations and businesses who gave monetary support!
Our area youth did very well, earning lots of First Places and Reserve Champion prizes. On this page you'll see local pictures sent in by parents and friends, and the Bulletin has pages of pictures elsewhere in the paper...enjoy! These kids are special ... working hard to attain a goal of excellence, learning life skills as they go. Thanks to all the parents and leaders who helped! You too are very special, and we thank you!
On Feb. 2, most people in the United States observe Groundhog Day-a day when a northern mammal forecasts the remaining days of winter by whether he sees his shadow or not. However, several years ago the people of Bertram decided that a northern mammal has nothing to do with Texas weather! Instead, we have chosen a local champion animal to prognosticate the coming of spring. Pawnee, a miniature donkey from the Oatmeal stable of Frontier Legends, has accurately predicted the coming of spring for the last several years, and he will do so once again at noon Feb. 2 at City Hall in Bertram. All are invited! If he eats his oats, spring will come soon!
Our Senior Center is alive and well and growing by the minute! Normal hours are weekday afternoons from 1-5, but by popular demand the center will now be open every Saturday night from 5-9. If you 50 or older, you are invited to enjoy fun, games and fellowship. In addition to regular hours, there are various sewing, needlework and specialty meetings and classes throughout each week. The center holds a pot-luck lunch on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. ... everyone is invited. The Senior Center is located on Vaughan Street at the intersection of S. Gabriel. Stop by anytime for a cup of coffee, a glass of tea, and some good conversation.
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 three or more kids enrolled. Try-outs will be held at Bertram Baseball Fields on Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. for ages 8 and 9 and at 10 a.m. for ages 10 and up. All Players 8 and up playing minors, majors, or junior baseball or softball must try-out to be placed on a team!
Odds 'n Ends
Tippy's Cafe, the new coffee and gift shop at the Joanne Cole Mitte Memorial Library, opened yesterday, and we'll have pictures of their grand opening in next week's paper. Go by, say hello, and enjoy a beverage and snack from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Owner and operator Ana Broesch also features candles and other gifts made by local artists.
How about this warm weather we're having? Does it make you want to go out and start working in your garden or on your flower beds? Typically January and February are our coldest months of the year, but it appears that we could possibly have mild weather all the way to spring. Only time will tell! However, for those of you that are purple martin aficionados, you want to be thinking of cleaning out your martin houses while the weather is nice. Their average arrival time here is Feb. 15, but often the scouts show up the last week of January!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your deadline is Saturday.
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