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Friday, June 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Juneteenth in Central Texas

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is coming up on Friday, June 19th, and you can celebrate virtually with Austin’s George Washington Carver Library & Museum, Six Square, G.E.A.Y.A., and Jump On It. With COVID cases on the rise, in-person community events are limited but don’t let that dissuade you from joining in the music, spoken word, and other artistic performances online through the evening. There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. 




A time-honored tradition, the Juneteenth holiday serves as a reminder of the day Texas learned of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier in January 1863 freeing all enslaved people from bondage in the United States. Traditionally, Juneteenth events were an opportunity for communities of color to gather to share food, music, and conversation. While we can’t gather face-to-face, we can gather in spirit so whatever your background, make plans to join your ...

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  covid, social distance, freedom, junetenth, virtual party

Thursday, June 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

The Bastrop YMCA is Back!

We Are Back!!
And we have missed the community! The Bastrop YMCA reopened its doors on June 1, 2020. After a two and a half month furlough, we are excited to help folks connect again! Locations include our office at 1110 Main St., the cardio and workout gym at 1112 Main Street and the Bastrop State Park Pool.
During the closure time the Y offered hundreds of streaming and virtual classes. Yoga to circuit training, family hang time to social coffee club zoom programs were offered to the public to help keep people connected during the time of isolation. The Y also offered child care to essential workers. Our team also designed a plan intended to keep everybody safe when it was time to the Y. That plan starts with a quick temperature check before you enter the facility. Once inside we ask that everyone practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer, and disinfectant items after use. We do a deep clean every day before, during, and after hours. Equipment is sanitized before use and aft ...

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  ymca, summer, swimming, pool, fun, family, exercise, covid, social distance

Friday, May 29, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Easy Improvements While You’re Stuck at Home

By Bryce Thompson

Staying at home has become the new norm during the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn't mean you need to sit idly by and wait for the country to reopen. With time on your hands, consider making some simple home improvements. There are even phone apps to help you!


You don't have to start with a multi-day project. Tackle the smaller upgrades first. You can use this as an opportunity for your kids to help out.
Home Maintenance

Routine maintenance often gets pushed aside during our busy schedules. Use this time to do a maintenance check around the house and make sure everything’s in order. Change your air filters, clean the vents, clear out the gutters. This is the perfect time to flush the water heater and check for leaky faucets. Your home will look great, and you'll feel good about doing something productive!


You don't need a lot of tools to make important upgrades. Caulking is a great way to seal around windows, doors, and floorboards. With tempe ...

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  covid, family, fun, summer, home improvement

Tuesday, May 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Business in Bastrop Midst COVID-19

Contributed by Deena Thomas

(BASTROP) Just about a month ago, chamber of commerce executive directors representing Bastrop, Elgin, and Smithville, Texas (BEST Collaboration) discussed business resiliency and recovery on the Chamber Chatter Podcast, hosted by April Daniel, Smithville Chamber Executive Director.

There, executive directors Becki Womble, Bastrop; Gena Carter, Elgin; and Daniels, Smithville along with Adena Lewis of Downtown Bastrop organization talked about their long-time partnership as chambers in Bastrop County working together for the benefit of their business community. During this time of suppressed economy due to temporary business closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they talked about their providing informational resources to their membership regarding securing Small Business Loans and safe and healthy business practices.  

“This is a time when businesses will have to set new goals for the new normal,” Womble said. “It&r ...

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

A Message from The Chamber of Commerce on COVID

While this is the Bastrop Chamber President speaking about reopening Texas in the face of COVID, it's a great article for all of us during this unusual time. It's a reminder to be patient, to be kind, and most of all to be diligent in our safety practices, for all our sakes. As our great state reopens for business, stay safe out there. - Jenny Carroll | Stanberry Realtors

Opening Texas for Business
For 6 weeks, I have been saying we needed something to look forward to in the way of a date for reopening so we could get the economy going again. In our previous disasters you could see the physical damages, but not with COVID-19. With fires, we got updates on the percentage of containment or you knew how long it would take flood water to recede in order to start the   mucking out and rebuilding process. We finally got our something to look forward to on Monday, April 27 when Governor Gregg Abbott announced his phased approach to Reopening Texas for   Business. Phase ...

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