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s-. Wmr SDAY, AUGUST 10, 2005 FOUNDED IN 1917 Combined with the Burnet Bulletin Ill chamber news A few months ago some- one suggested to the cham- ber that they find a way to identify and honor longtime residents who have made significant contributions to the Bertram area. Ken Odiorne and a few others took off with this assign- ment, and they decided that they needed to broaden their mission and collect all sorts of history including people, things and stories. The Bertram Chamber of Commerce Historical Committee was formed, and its members are Odiorne, Mary Allen, Virginia Downing, Marilyn Goode, Syann Singleton, Carolyn Smith, Annie Dell Taylor, and Reta Whitley. Their mis- sion statement is "to collect the history of the area and document the people who developed our communities in order to educate the gen- erations coming after us and preserve our heritage." That's a tall order, and they'd like your help to accomplish this. They are seeking information - pic- tures, articles, and stories - even rumors and tall tales, because as Odiorne says, Fnere is bound to be some trlath in all those old tales!" Ken goes on to say, "It is up to each of us to record the stories we have handed downto us, and these things will be lost if no one takes the time to record them." The committee has drawn up a form which is available from any of the members or at City Hall. If you have a story or information, please share it by filling out one of these forms. If you have pic- tures or documents, someone on the committee will copy these and return them to you. Bring them forward, even ff you don't know the i . people in those photos - the committee will try to identi yo uM m fib donate pictures or docu- ments, these will be grateful- ly accepted, and your dona- OUT AND ABOUT IN BERTRAM Marcie Masterson tion will be accredited to you. Ken started documenting some "old-timer" stories a while back, and he made sev- eral recordings of Buster Allen's tales. Buster's stories have been transcribed and can soon be found in our library. If you'd like to have your stories recorded, just let one of the committee know, and they'll make it happen. Eventually, all of this history will be available in our library, and there will proba- bly be a very special section in the new Bertram Free Library devoted to Bertram area history. Speaking of the: :library, excitement is mounting as many in town are eagerly waiting for the new library's architect to be named. The Library Building Committee interviewed four or five architectural firms (I lost track), and I hear that they were all impressive. The winning firm should be announced in the next cou- ple of weeks, and the Friends of the Library can hardly wait for the new architect's initial drawings! As you all know, the Library Thrift Store helps raise the money to keep cur- rent reading materials and best sellers in the library, and the store also con- tributes to the building fund for the new library. Your donations of clean and gegtly used Store workers say "Keep them coming!" Several new volunteers have stepped for- ward, and the store is now open all day Wednesday through Friday and on Saturday morning. The store will be having lots of sales ince summer is about over, so stop by often for their sp e- cials. I mentioned in last week's colunm that I would contin- ue to inform you of some of the issues in the upcoming election to establish a groundwater district for Burnet County. The top issue is bound to be the: cost, and here's the bottom line on that: the temporary directors for our proposed district were appointed by each of our commissioners, and these directors have been studying water districts in other counties. The tempo- rary directors are estimating that the cost, which will be funded by an additional county tax, will be as low as $0.0075 per $100 valuation, and probably $0.01 cent per $100. As an example, if your property is valued at $100,000, then your yearly tax would be either $7.50 or $10, respectively. In an almost unprecedent- ed occasion, the Burnet County chairs of both the Republican and Democratic parties came together recently and recommended that the citizens of Burnet County wholeheartedly vote "yes" and support the groundwater district. Folks, you don't see the red and blue parties agreeing very often, so you ought to listen up when they do! Remember, if we don't establish our own district, then we could end up in a district with counties such as Travis and Williamson. If that happens, we would still be taxed. If we have our own district, then at least we would be able to control it by electing our own directors. Please become informed about this most important issue. Go to www.burnetwa- for a schedule of upcoming town hall meet- ings. You will also find the answers to frequently asked questions there, and you can contact one of the members and arrange a meeting for your organization or neigh- borhood. The special election for this proposition will be held on Sept. 24, with early voting Sept. 7 to 20. There's another new eatery in town: Texas Star Bar-B-Cue has its state per- mit and a certified food man- ager on duty, and the blue chuck wagon is waiting for your visit. Texas Star is located at the east end of the city, across from PEC and next to L & S Imports (the flower and pet store). Their menu includes chicken, brisket, sausage, turkey legs and vegetables, and their daily specials will be plate lunches for $5. That's all I have for this week's column. If you have anything for the next col- umn, drop a note for me at the library or Thrift Store, or email me at By Sherrye McAnelley Get your tickets now for the Excellence in Business Banquet to be held at Galloway-Hammond in Burnet on Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is a joint effort between the Burnet, Marble Falls and Bertram Chambers of Commerce. Business lead- ers in each of the respec- tive communities will be honored. We are pleased to pre- sent Congressman Mike Conoway as our guest speaker. Ticket price is $15 per person or $150 for a spon- sor table. There will be a social hour and a fajita dinner will be catered. You can get your tickets here at the chamber office (229 S. Pierce) or any of the other chamber offices. We are doing a ribbon cutting at the office of Dr. Barry Oswalt, 202 County Road 340 (behind Seton Hospital) on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 12:15 p.m. If you're in the area, stop by. Ribbon cuttings are just one more way that we can show our chamber members how much we appreciate their member- ship and participation in the chamber. Inks Lake State Park is holding a Junior Angler Clinic and Family Fishing Celebration on Aug. 20, from 4-6 p.m. This is for kids ages 6 to 13 and par- ents must accompany kids. They have loaner equipment if you can't bring your own and here's the best part for all you parents - it's free and it offers a fun time for the kids. After the fishing clinic, there will be "Fishing with a Ranger" from 6-7 p.m. E-mail cjbo- or leave a message at 512- 793-2223. Galloway Hammond presents Fantasy Football - this is a game of statis- tics where you are the owner, the GM, and the head coach. You make the calls. The draft is Sept. 3 at 12 noon at the. Burnet Sports Complex. BYOB. The cost is $25 per person. Come join in the fun and win cash prizes. For more information call 512-756- 6180. The Adult Volleyball League is gearing up. 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