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 […]

Ancient City of Bethlehem comes alive in Burnet

Scott Leftwich (left) stands next to his father, Norman Leftwich, who is credited with proposing the idea for Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet, a highly successfully re-creation of the ancient city complete with costumed characters, architecturally authentic structures and a memorable experience that allows visitors to walk through the town and immerse themselves in history. The event runs two consecutive weekends beginning Dec. 6-8. There is no charge for admission. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BURNET — The unequivocally captivating, living and breathing recreated biblical community that is Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet opens its rustic gates for the 21st year the first Friday in December. Presented by the First Baptist Church of Burnet, the ancient city likeness of Christ’s birth comes to life for two consecutive […]

Olde Tyme Christmas celebration comes to Bertram

Reta Whitley is spearheading the Bertram Olde Tyme Christmas Festival, set Nov. 30 in downtown Bertram. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado   BERTRAM — The memories of Christmas past in a small town prompted Reta Whitley to make sure Bertram’s Olde Tyme Christmas Festival didn’t go by the wayside. After being discontinued for a few years despite a successful six-year run before that,  Mrs. Whitley along with Pat Easely, Mary Moore, Margaret Ybarra […]

White Table remembrance honors Veterans’ service

Bertram Library Director Ann Brock holds a Veterans Day Guest Book for veterans and or their families who visit the White Table exhibit at the Library. The exhibit continues through November. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — An idea proposed to honor military veterans moved Bertram Library Director Ann Brock to tears.   The idea, presented as a regional Veterans’ Day project by Marilyn Curtis representing the regional Alpha Chi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, revolved around a charming yet powerful children’s book. The […]

Veteran’s new home ends long struggle

Army veteran Shirley Wright stands in front of her new completely outfitted home awarded after being nominated for assistance under the Home Depot Foundation’s “Celebration of Service” program. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — This was a day Shirley Wright was beginning to think was never going to come. The Army veteran, who suffers from lupus, has had to huddle in small make-shift quarters with her two young adopted granddaughters and her daughter braving Texas’ brutally hot summers and the cold of winter for […]

American Legion hosts Arts & Crafts Fair

From left, Terry Hale and Lane Shipp run the snack bar at the monthly Arts and Crafts Fair at the American Legion Post in Bertram. 
(Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — For an enchanting weekend of shopping, explore and discover some handcrafted treasures Saturday, Nov. 2 at the American Legion Post 607 in Bertram. Some are destined for giving with the holidays on the horizon while others are meant to keep. Either way, Post 607 welcomes visitors to its monthly Arts […]

Whittaker enjoys the rocky road of gem mining

Becky Whittaker, a rock hound since age six, works in her workshop at the Bertram Rock Shop. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Becky Whittaker had a lot of reasons to walk away from her secure “real” job at a hearing aid manufacturing plant some 13 years ago. Besides being bored and no longer wanting to endure a long commute to work, Whittaker missed the joy she had as a child. “I love […]

Library Thrift Store celebrates 30 years of service to Bertram

Volunteers inside the Bertram Library Thrift Store are front to back, Jane Almquist, Friends of the Bertram Library President; Pat Easly, Suzanne Strackbein, Doris Pearson (back left), Carol Allen (back right).

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — This little secret that was, is no longer. The Bertram Library Thrift Store, a community mainstay nestled in the historic downtown district for decades, has finally been discovered for its unique boutique atmosphere by folks far beyond the city’s limits. Patrons from Marble Falls, Burnet, Liberty Hill, Austin, Cedar Park […]

Bertram family finds respite in raising miniature donkeys

Patricia “Patsy” Oertli raises miniature donkeys at the family’s ranch near Bertram. 
(Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Patricia “Patsy” Oertli is quite the charmer.  She just knows how to attract and captivate an audience. Her admirers attend to her every word and when she moves they follow her ever so closely. You can see their strong adoration for her in their eyes and Patsy, well, she is […]

Bertram’s Hwy 29 BBQ offers German-style barbecue goodness

Customer Connie Heller (center) of Sunrise Beach along with daughters Deedee Denby (left) of Burnet and Bertie Denby (right) from Austin gave their mixed barbecue platter rave reviews on a recent visit to the Bertram eatery. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — If a full house of hungry and happy diners is any indication, Austinites Morgan Schott and his partner Corey Thibideaux may be well be on their way to establishing one of the region’s favorite eateries and hangouts. Located at 110 State Highway 29 in the heart of historic downtown Bertram, […]