Whittaker enjoys the rocky road of gem mining

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

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

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

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, […]

36th Annual Oatmeal Festival promises zany entertainment

By DANA DELGADO BERTRAM — With Labor Day weekend just over a week away, not much has been amiss on the quiet streets of Bertram except for some painters doing some touch-up work in preparation for the Oatmeal Festival. The streets may be quiet now in Bertram and Oatmeal, but come Labor Day weekend the craziness […]

Find fresh goodies on Fridays at Bertram’s Farmer’s Market

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Under an expansive canopy from a grove of mature oak trees, Bertram hosts a hearty, all locally-grown Farmer’s Market every Friday from 3-6:30 p.m. In only its second year, the Market in Bertram has become a happening place and couldn’t have found a more apt location with ample room for […]

Artists making relics at Ceramic Dino’s

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — Behind the ostentatious turquoise-colored storefront trimmed in deep purple and sunny yellow in the heart of downtown Bertram, lies the home and headquarters of a surprising enterprise with a national following — Ceramic Dino’s.  Don’t let the name fool you. Inside is an amazing collection of quality Americana arts and […]

Bertram landmark evolving with Ware family

By SHELLY WILKISON BERTRAM —  Although closed since February, people still stop by the Hungry Moose Restaurant from time to time hoping for the smells of freshly made pizza and the friendly company of Les Ware Jr. The recent presence at the restaurant of Ware’s oldest sister, Mary Lou Wells, has the community and travelers […]

Local friends bringing new life to historic Globe Theatre

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — When the historic Globe Theatre in Bertram closed its doors in 1982, it stood dormant for decades until Lance Regier and Zach Hamilton got the idea to return it to its original art deco splendor. Friends since childhood, they purchased the theater in 2008. Now when they are not working […]

A changing of the guard at Bertram Elementary School

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — When Principal Carla Denison retires from Bertram Elementary School at the end of the school year after 30 years of service, she leaves behind a legacy that began when she was a first grade student at the school. “I am very excited about change, the new opportunities for me to […]