Our first day of summer will arrive on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 5:44 p.m. EDT. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this marks the longest day of the year (a little over 14 hours of daylight) and the moment when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, its northernmost point. In contrast the first day of winter this year will be Dec. 21, which will have a little over 10 hours of daylight.
Fourth of July
Bertram’s Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD) will once again give us a great fireworks display on Saturday, July 4 at the Bertram ball fields.
The festivities begin around 8 p.m., and the fireworks start at dark. Normally members of BVFD go door to door collecting donations. Chief Bobby Huffstuttler has announced that this will not happen this year in order to reduce person to person contacts because of the pandemic. Instead, Chief Huffstuttler requests that you mail your donation checks to P. O. Box 248, Bertram, TX.
The run-off election for Democratic U.S Senator and Railroad Commissioner will be July 14. Early voting begins June 29 and ends July 10. Early voting for the Bertram area is at the Burnet County Agrilife Extension Auditorium, 607 N. Vandeveer Street in Burnet. The Voting registration deadline is June 15. You can find more information online at BurnetCountyElections, or call 512.715.588.
This year’s bulk trash days are July 18 and 19. It will be held at the Bertram sewer plant, 2110 W Highway 29. It will be first-come-firstserved. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 18 and noon to 4 p.m. on July 19. You must present your water bill showing you pay for trash service. If you have questions call city hall at 512.355.2197.
Summer reading (Imagine Your Story) continues through June 30. Go by the library and pick-up your reading log. When you do so, you will receive a bright tub of imagination putty that was provided by PEC. Read 25 books (or 12 hours) and you will get a nice prize bag when you turn in your reading log. You may also continue with #26 through 50 or 12 more hours to get a second prize bag.
The Oatmeal Festival Bowl of Directors has begun planning for this year’s festival on Labor Day weekend. You’ll find craft, food and sponsor forms on the festival Facebook page. If you wish to become a volunteer or have questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Monthly meetings will start soon.
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