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Looking Back At A Couple of Decades Of Progress For East Bernard

Monday 15 January 2018 at 02:48 am.

This article by Ray Spitzenberger first appeared in IMAGES for January 11, 2018, East Bernard Express, East Bernard, Texas.

            The New Year is a good time to look back in time and evaluate where you have gone in your personal life, in your career (or lack of career), in the country as a whole, and in your community. In other words, have you gone forwards or backwards, and, hey, who decides what is “forward” and “backward”? What kind of “progress” is good and what kind should you have avoided? Let’s talk community.

            Personally, I am happy that East Bernard is not booming in the way that Katy and Sugar Land are booming. I don’t want Houston traffic and Houston crime to come out to our peaceful little country town (which I have come to love for its rural beauty).

            About 20 or 21 years ago, when I was younger and more involved in the community, especially by doing more writing for the local newspaper (for a short time, I was even the “news editor”), I belonged to the Chamber of Commerce, and took notes on our meetings, often reporting on the meetings in the old Tribune. Of course, we were not incorporated then, and we had no Mayor or City Council members, -- just an active Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. Recently, I came across a series of notes I took on Chamber meetings and activities that have allowed me to look back and, to some extent, see where we have gone as a community.

            In a meeting in May of 1996, held at the Hatchery (now Lupe’s), we listened to a presentation by Glenn Altwein, the LCRA Team leader for Community Development. He led us into a brainstorming session in which the Chamber members tried to come up with things that could bring improvement to East Bernard. We brainstormed for a long time and finally came up with the following five ways to help East Bernard as a community: One, the creation of additional jobs in relation to existing businesses; two, ways to attract new small-size businesses and expand ag business; three, the development of more housing; four, the establishment of Bed and Breakfast places (since EB has no hotels or motels); five, the development of more recreation possibilities; six, the development of a larger community center and youth center; and seven, exploring the possibilities of holding a kite festival. Our meetings were always jovial, and Joe Hlavinka suggested we add the need for two inches of rain to our list.

            The meeting was held in May, so I must point out that on June 21, it did rain close to two inches, and, in some places, more. And in looking back at that span of time, we have gone from a rather bad drought to a couple of major floods, including the big one in 2017. I’m not sure that going from a drought to a flood is an example of “improvement,” but that’s out of our control.

In October of 1996, the Chamber did follow up their meeting with a special community gathering, facilitated by LCRA’s Community Development Team, at the EB American Legion Hall, where citizens added additional suggestions for community improvement.

That was 21 years ago, and here we are in 2017, so was “progress” made on any or all of these Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture suggestions?

  Since then, we have developed a great deal more housing. We have more recreational possibilities, with the development of the superb city park that in 1996 was merely a baseball field, the use of the swimming pool facilities has increased, and we have an exercise facility where you can workout (which could also be considered a new business). We’ve had some other new businesses. And our young people are going to have some new school buildings.

            So far, I haven’t seen the organization of a kite festival, nor a great deal of development in the area of Bed and Breakfast places. But overall, I have seen much progress in areas that I consider important, and I am still happy that I live here. What we had then, and what we still have is an incredible community spirit you don’t find in a lot of places, one that shows neighbor helping neighbor, whether in drought or flood. And, of course, a good football team is always a given.

            Looking back a couple decades, I think we’ve gone a long way.


Ray Spitzenberger is a free-lance writer and artist who lives in East Bernard with his beautiful wife Peggy and spoiled cat Gatsby.

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