Bows galore, clothing consignments at Bertram’s Kids Alley

Cynthia Anderson holds a special occasion dress at her children’s clothing consignment resale boutique, Kids Alley. The Bertram store is located in the shadow of the city’s water tower. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — With a grand opening over Labor Day weekend during the Oatmeal Festival, Cynthia Anderson has been busy restocking her trendy, children’s clothing consignment resale boutique, Kids Alley. Located in the heart of Bertram’s historic downtown district at 165 S. Gabriel Street, Kids Alley carries both boys and girls clothes as […]

37th Annual Oatmeal Festival draws crowds to Bertram

Mark Sutherberg ate four bowls of oatmeal in one minute -- taking home the championship medal at the 37th Annual Oatmeal Festival's Oatmeal Eating Contest. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO BERTRAM – Mark Sutherberg knows exactly how he likes his oatmeal. Instead of adding sugar or other fixings, Sutherberg prefers his oatmeal plain and simple. Otherwise, it becomes very difficult to scarf down in a speedy manner when you have less than a minute to eat as many bowls as possible. That […]

Globe Theater restoration attracts curious festival goers

Oatmeal Festival goers got a sneak peak at the Globe Theater in downtown Bertram were restoration is in progress. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO BERTRAM – Attempting to escape the heat at the Bertram Oatmeal Festival, a family of four sat back, laughed, and enjoyed a classic black and white silent film in which a pair of golfers tear up a golf course with a variety of antics. Sitting three rows behind the family, Zach Hamilton […]

‘Bowl’ members gear up for Oatmeal Festival

Oatmeal Festival “bowl” members are from left, Fidelia Salinas, Evan Milliorn, Allison Milliorn, Otto Pfahl, Jim Karolik, Allen Rodgers, Dorris Allen, Bonnie Porterfield, Janet Habermehl, Karen Lester, Brandie Pogue, April Baladez and Kayla Schreiber. Not pictured is Rachael Shaw. (Brenda Young Photo)

By Brenda Young BERTRAM — New faces continue to join the ranks of sponsors, vendors and volunteers who are working quickly to iron out all the details for the 37th Annual Oatmeal Festival in Bertram. The Oatmeal “bowl” members (as board members prefer to be called) met June 25 to update organizers and welcome some […]

Army of angels ease pain for injured officer

Doug Wall volunteers at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet where his wife, Teresa works as Admissions Coordinator. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — A harrowing motorcycle accident Douglas (Doug) Wall was involved in on the early afternoon of April 26 is still pretty much a blur. What has become very clear to the Police Sergeant with the Bertram Police Department is that he has an army of angels he never knew he had. […]

D&L plants vineyard in Bertram

Erasmo Chavez, owner of D & L Landscaping and Nursery, proudly shows his new vineyard in Bertram.  Temperatures reached into the low 90s on May 4, but a crew of 10 planted nearly 1,500 grape vines over 36 rows on four gently sloped acres along Highway 29. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — D & L Landscaping and Nursery in the eastern end of Bertram got an exciting new addition to go with its already inviting array of plants, greenery, and complete supply of landscaping materials and services at 3429 State Highway 29. A vineyard! Yes, a vineyard. And why not? Texas, the […]

Fresh is the word at Bertram Farmers Market

Organizers Loy Ogden (left) and Dickie Allen (right) check on the growing vegetables at Allen’s garden in preparation for the grand re-opening of Bertram’s hearty, locally-grown Farmers Market May 17 under the large oak trees at 1450 State Highway 29 next to the Bertram Plaza in the western end of town.  Vendors with homegrown or handmade products are encouraged to make their reservations now. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — With a sudden swing into May, the countdown has begun for the grand, seasonal re-opening of Bertram’s hearty, all locally-grown Farmers Market. Mark it down, May 17, but note that the market is moving from its traditional Friday afternoon timeslot to Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Organizers said […]

Stray Acres gives animals a second chance

Crystal Mitchell pets one of 42 dogs and 17 cats she and her husband Steve care for at Stray Acres Sanctuary and Animal Rescue in Bertram. The couple founded the non-profit in 2012 to give companion animals a second  chance. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — It is said every person has a story. For Crystal and Steve Mitchell, their story is about the fate of homeless animals. Whether the animal be abandoned, lost or surrendered, the animal’s plight is the story behind the couple — founders of Stray Acres Sanctuary and Animal Rescue in Bertram. […]

D&L Landscaping opens gardening center in time for spring

After years of working out of his truck as a landscaping contractor, Erasmo Chaves now proudly calls Bertram home with the opening of his complete gardening and landscaping business, D & L Landscaping. With planting season fast approaching, the former semi-professional soccer player invites everyone to visit his 10-acre complex. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado   BERTRAM — After 15 years of essentially living and working out of his truck at an exasperating pace across Central Texas, Erasmo Chaves with a restrained sigh of relief, is dropping roots. “I always wanted to have my own place,” he said. “I’m so glad to be here in Bertram.” A […]

Donkey predicts weather roller coaster

Ella Schooler consults with Pawnee the donkey in downtown Bertram Saturday about his weather prediction. Miss Schooler’s grandmother, Patsy Oerti of Frontier Legends Miniature Donkeys, owns Pawnee. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — There was plenty of drama at Bertram City Hall Feb. 1, but it wasn’t in City Council Chamber. The spectacle was just outside in the parking area where some hearty souls amidst a bevy of media types had gathered under overcast skies and mild temperatures to witness Bertram’s annual “Donkey […]