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 […]

Two green thumbs up for Bertram Elementary

Keyhole gardens built in the shape of keyholes are one of the key features that will be developed on the historic Bertram Elementary campus as part of two recently awarded gardening grants.

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — These are exciting times for Bertram Elementary School. Two Green Thumbs-Up Exciting! Two greatly welcomed and much appreciated school improvement grants have been awarded to Bertram Elementary, which is a part of the Burnet Consolidated School District. One award is a $5,000 Toolbox for Education grant funded from Lowe’s Charitable […]

Bertram is betting on Donkey Day

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — The much-celebrated miniature donkey Pawnee of Frontier Legends Miniature Donkeys of Bertram takes a backseat to no one, especially some groundhog by the name Punsutawney Phil — the designated weather forecaster from up North. Come Saturday, Feb. 2, it will be Pawnee’s day as Bertram Mayor Dickie Allen has officially […]

Bertram Hardware is haven for home improvements

Ray Simpson, co-owner of Bertram Hardware & Supply, along with his wife Libby, have built a Central Texas original that is meeting the varied needs of the community. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM —  A few weeks ago, it was a steady stream of people looking for relief or fixit remedies from the cold weather. Whether it was repairing a burst pipe or sealing up air leaks or routine home maintenance, Bertram Hardware & Supply was a haven for just about anything. With the […]

Craftsman finds niche with mesquite

Craig Lagerstrom always loved art, but never imagined he would become a master furniture craftsman.  Today, Texas Mesquite Company in Bertram has become a premier furniture maker specializing in Mesquite woods and noted for quality craftsmanship.
(Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Craig Lagerstrom never imagined he would become a Master Furniture Craftsman. The humble Bertram artisan and businessman had always held a strong affection for art and revered the blend of culture, arts and architecture in New Mexico where he spent many of his growing years. His dad’s career with the […]

R Bank partners with City of Bertram for new police vests

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Bertram police officers have added a new line of protection with the acquisition of four essential protective vests. Mayor Dickie Allen made the announcement at a meeting Dec. 26 from his office at Bertram City Hall and called it a critical addition that will not only assist police officers in […]

A dynamic duo at Bertram City Hall

City Treasurer Georgina Herandez and City Secretary Evan Milliorn both accepted key staff positions at Bertram in 2010. Today, they have established themselves as a resourceful team for the City of Bertram. 
(Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Only days separate their arrival at Bertram’s City Hall, but this unlikely pair have merged into one dynamic duo administering the affairs of the town with professionalism and efficiency.   Evan Milliorn was hired first as the City’s Secretary in 2010, but Georgina Hernandez, the would-be City Treasurer hired later, […]

Tucked away in downtown Bertram is unique boutique Sew Envious

From nostalgic play stick horses to vintage pillows and unique clothing for infants, children, men and women -- all are handcrafted and designed for fun and practical use. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — The minute Polly Allen peered through the dusty windows of the renovated old wooden frame building now encased with metal siding, she knew she had found the perfect home for her enterprising business, Sew Envious. “I could imagine it all,” she said.  “It was perfect.” While the building offered many […]

Best-selling authors: ‘Nobody could be this lucky’

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Books unlocked the world of a young Susan Wittig growing up in mid-eastern Illinois among the mines and many factories of Danville. Her father, who was a great detective reader, especially enjoying Agatha Christie, pointed her to mysteries which have been an enduring love. Equally inspiring were her readings of […]