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Wed
24
May

BCRW host Daniel

The Burnet County Republican Women’s (BCRW) Club welcomed speaker Cassie Daniel to their meeting on May 11.
Daniel serves as an appointments manager in Governor Greg Abbott’s appointments office. She made her presentation on the responsibilities and authority to make governmental appointments that are given to the Governor of Texas by the state’s constitution.
During Governor Abbott’s four-year term, he will make approximately 3,000 appointments. She said more information on the appointments office is available online at www.gov.texas.gov/appointments.
Prior to serving in the Governor’s appointment office, Daniel was the senior director of party organization and training for the Republican Party of Texas.

Wed
24
May

Texas State Button Society elects three new officers

TSBS officers include secretary Judye Stewart (Llano), treasurer Sadie Jackman (Dallas), vice president Barbara Hefner (Llano) and president Mary Todd (Austin).

Texas State Button Society (TSBS) recently elected three new officers during the society's annual conference and show. The society encourages and promotes collecting buttons for educational and historical purposes; for personal enjoyment; and to preserve for future generations all that is beautiful and historical in buttons.
Austinite Mary Todd, a former director of public sector campaigns for Capital Area United Way, was elected president. “During my two-year tenure as TSBS president, I hope we can increase the visibility of the society and of the 11 clubs throughout Texas,” she said. Todd is also a member of the Austin Button Club.
The newly elected vice-president is Barbara Hefner, a Llano resident and, for 13 years, owner of Misty Lady Fashions in Llano. She retired in 2000. Judye Stewart, who previously owned a craft business, was elected secretary.
Sadie Jackman will continue to serve as TSBS treasurer. Jackman is also president of Big “D” Button Club.

Wed
24
May

Multi-county food preservation workshop set for June 2

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will offer a Multi County Food Preservation Workshop on Friday, June 2.
It will be conducted from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the new Burnet County AgriLife Extension Office, 607 North Vandeveer Street in Burnet.
Family & Consumer Sciences Agents Karen DeZarn from Lampasas County and Linda Wells from Burnet County will be offering information on “Canning Basics for Safe Preserving.” The techniques for water bath canning for jams, jellies and more will be offered in the morning and the pressure canning technique will be shared in the afternoon.
The cost is $20 per person, including lunch, snacks and materials. Each participant will take home a sample of one of foods preserved during the class, as well as receiving resources and materials to continue growing, preserving and enjoying the bountiful harvest of produce available at this time of the year.

Wed
24
May

Graduation is upon us

By Wayne Craig By the time this edition hits the stands there will only be a little over half a day of school left. Many can’t wait for that final bell to ring, but some of those who have special ties to the Class of 2017 may have a lump in their throat knowing it will be the final bell for their seniors. Just over 190 students will line up in the middle school gym and file out onto Bulldog Field in front of a packed house of loved ones on Friday night, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Speeches will be given, tears will flow, diplomas will be awarded and flash bulbs will be seen all over as the Class of 2017 is honored one last time. Best of luck to all of these students on their future endeavors. Last Thursday night I was invited to come and take photos at the Hill Country Community Foundation and Scholarship program held in the Burnet Auditorium. I can’t even begin to express how awesome this event is each year.

Wed
24
May

Webinar series aims at audience building for organizations

Highland Lakes residents are invited to a free webinar series hosted from May 23-25 by the Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet.
The free series, “Building Audiences,” will go on from 12:30-3:30 p.m. each day to help community leaders, non-profit organization members, patrons of history, art and culture and any other interested community members improve.
The watch-and-talk event will be facilitated by Samantha Melvin, chairwoman of prospective members and education for the Burnet County Historical Commission (BCHC).
The series is designed to help align members of boards of directors and membership design a business model around building an audience, Melvin explained.
Topics to be presented in the meeting room of the Burnet library, 100 East Washington Street on the courthouse square, are:
May 23: Getting the Board on Board with Audiences
May 24: Building Audiences and New Business Models for Museums

Wed
24
May

LCRA representatives present grant

Contributed LCRA representatives present a $24,000 grant to purchase a system to refill air tanks at the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Wade Williamson, Buchanan Fire Department lieutenant; Amanda Lehmann, Fire Department secretary; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Tim Gardner, firefighter; Mike Butler, Fire Department captain; Mark Hutson, Fire Department chief;  Chad Mitchell, Fire Department assistant chief; Raymond A. “Ray” Gill Jr., LCRA Board member; and Steve Dyer, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs representative.

Wed
24
May

Burn ban on hold in Burnet County

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor
Burnet Bulletin
Burnet County commissioners took no action to implement a burn ban at Tuesday's regular meeting at the Burnet County Courthouse.
Burnet County's fire danger number, according to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KDBI), has dropped 66 points since the May 9 meeting and currently stands at 202, based on data from the Texas A&M Forest Service. Countywide, the low is currently at 98 and the high is at 286.
Two weeks ago, during the last Commissioners' Court meeting, the county-wide low was 206 and the high was at 331.
The KBDI is used to determine forest fire potential. The drought index is based on daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of eight inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion.

Wed
24
May

Texas Reading Club Helps Prevent “Summer Slide”

Parents seeking to help their children avoid the “summer slide,” can begin picking up registrations packets for the Texas Reading Program at the Herman Brown Free Library beginning on Wednesday, May 24. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World” and will explore diversity, construction, conservation, and innovation through creative crafts, games, and presentations. The summer reading program will run from Wednesday, May 31 through Friday, June 30. The program will help children maintain and sometimes even improve on their reading and comprehension skills built during the school year.
“We all want to build a better world and one way to do that is self-improvement. Reading improvement is a great avenue to self-improvement. Reading is knowledge,” says Youth Services Librarian Rebecca Noah.

Wed
24
May

Texas Ramp Project brings greater accessibility to HARTH Foundation

By Amy Prayer
Burnet Bulletin
There are 2.2 million people in the United States who have some type of disability, causing them to be confined to a wheelchair. These people face a life of daily frustrations, wanting to be active in their community, but are limited due to inaccessibility and rising costs of having a ramp built in their homes.
The Texas Ramp Project was created to help those people, for financial reasons, can't afford to have a safe and reliable ramp for their home. John Laine, executive director of the Texas Ramp Project, along with Don Barlow and his crew of volunteers, were on site at the HARTH Foundation Wednesday, May 17, through Thursday, May 18, building a special ramp for wheelchair-bound children.

Fri
19
May

Bulldog Field ready for Grad Class of 2017

A little ahead of time for graduation, the announcement came today, Friday, May 19: Symmetry Turf (contractor/turf installer) completed the installation of an e-layer shock pad and new turf field at Bulldog Field. The project finish has come  five days earlier than projected.

“We are excited to have the turf field completed and ready for the Burnet High School graduation ceremony on May 26,” said Superintendent of Schools Keith McBurnett. “We are just as excited to kick off another Bulldog football season this fall, knowing we have the highest quality shock pad and turf field as the foundation of Bulldog Field.”

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