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Now That's Rural in by Ron Wilson, Director, Recently we met Paul Buden- Huck Boyd National Institute bender who operates a floor coat- on Rural Development at KSU ing business while living in rural "Well, if I had a grocery store, Kansas. His wife Pam has strong here's what I would do ..." opinions about grocery stores, That statement on the part of and she had the opportunity to one Kansas woman may have put those opinions to work. been prophecy, as she has be- "I was a military brat, from come the owner of an innova- everywhere and nowhere," Pam five grocery store serving rural said with a smile. Along with Kansas. other duty stations, her dad Withdraws as Candidate Coldwater Police Officer Paul Base received word that his 72- Base was a candidate for the Re- year-old mother's health was publican nomination for Coman- deteriorating. "My wife and I are che County Sheriff in the upcom- going back to Springdale, Ark., ing primary election, to take care of her," he said. Was being the key word. "Family comes first, and she While Base' name will still ap- has taken care of me her whole pear on the ballot, he no longer life," Base said. "Now it's my seeks that office, and votes for turn." him would be wasted votes. Base said he plans to leave After the filing deadline and Coldwater and head back to Ar- after he had begun campaigning, kansas within 30 days. What can be said when words are not enough? We were overwhelmed with the thoughts, words, prayers, and expressions of love and sympathy we received from all comers of our world. Never has it been more true that a list could not be made without fear of miss- ing a name of someone that in some way touched our lives during Carlos' illness and passing. We were so fortunate to have the best in care, from medical to friends, as he fought his battle. You dear friends helped give him the strength and determination to keep go- ing when the times were tough. And you friends were there when the battle was over. Heartfelt love and thanks are sent to each and every person who in some way touched our days. After many days away, Carlos is now "at home." Lover,prayers, and thanks -- Denise A,maro & the family of Carlos Amaro Daily Specials July 15-21 Come in and checkout our seatingl LM ....................................... Club Sandwich with Chips Sat ................................................................. Sanchos Mon ........................... Meat Balls with Cheesy Potatoes Tues .................... Double Decker Tacos or Taco Salad Wed ................................... Grilled Chicken Chef Salad Dine-In or Cans,4)ut Available (620) 5 Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-8 p.m. 138 Main Coldwater served at Fort Riley and Fort fashioned service with a smile." Leavenworth near Kansas City. For example, the Onaga While working on a construction Country Market staff carries out job in Kansas City, Pam met Paul the customer' s groceries. Budenbender and they ulti- "I go to big box stores in mately were married. Kansas City where I see senior Paul ' s family came from a farm citizens and moms with kids, in northern Pottawatomie struggling to get their groceries nity Development, recently fea- County. Pam and Paul would fre- in the car," Pam said. tured Onaga Country Market at quently come to the farm on the In Onaga, store staff will carry the fifth annual National Rural weekends. The nearest store out the groceries for you. Grocery Summit. The Onaga was in Onaga, but it was small High quality meat and pro- store and K-State Research and and limited, duce are also priorities for Pam. Pottawatomie County Extension "ff I had a grocery store, this "Charlie is my meat cutter," participated in a recent federal is what I would do," Pam would she said. "All our meat is cut grant project to educate consum- occasionally say to her hus- and packed fresh. And everyers on the benefits of healthy band. Then in 2010, the old gro- little kid who comes to the meat nutritious eating, including lots cery store burned down and the counter gets a balloon." of fresh fruits and vegetables in owners left the business. Onaga Country Market has a the diet. Pam realized that Onaga deli and sandwich shop, where Speaking at the rural grocery needed a store, and she had an the staff custom makes sand- summit, Pare Budenbender opportunity to use her ideas, wiches, shared ideas and advice with She and Paul worked with the The store also offers $6 grab- other rural grocers. Her bottom city of Onaga, carefully consid- and-go meals. On Grill Days, the line: "Be a good neighbor," she ered many floor plans and de- store offers a $5 lunch special, said.That's especially important signs, and ultimately built a new Pam also has a smoker in which in a rural community like Onaga, building and opened the store she makes hot fibs, which are population 697 people. with the support of the city. On then placed in the warmer with Now, that's rural. Dec. 1,2011, the Onaga Country the rotisserie chicken. For more information, go to Market opened for business. "We offer delivery to senior www.ocountrymarket.com or "I love the store," Pam said. citizens," Pam said. The store wwwxuralgrocery.org. Thenew, energy-efficientbuild- does video rental, postage "If I had a grocery store, ing has colorful, accessible dis- stamps,floral arrangements,and here's what I would do..." said plays. As one might expect when more. Promotions include free Pam Budenbender to her hus- considering her husband's busi- milk or a free turkey after a cer- band Paul. ness, the floors look terrific, rain number of purchases. In 2011, those words came "I married a floor guy," Pare "My passion is produce," true. said. Pam sald. "When l pack the pro- We salute Pam and Paul Beyond the physical infra- duce counter full of fresh fruits Budenbender and all those in- stmcture, the bottom line is serv- and vegetables, I get more volved with the Onaga Country ing customers. "It's all about sales." Market for making a difference customer service," Pam said. K-State's Rural Grocery Ini- with hard work and customer "Our staff is courteous and tiative, led by the K-State Cen- service, making this dream a re- friendly, and we provide old- ter for Engagement and Commu- ality. In adopting the 2017 budget the governing body voted to increase property taxes in an amount greater than the amount levied for the 2016 budget, ad- justed by the 2015 CPI for all urban consumers. Three members voted in favor of the budget and no members voted against the budget. Published in The Western Star Thursday, July 14, 2016. NOTICE OF BUI~GET HEARING 50c The governing body of Crown Hill Cemetery Comanche County will meet on July 26, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Veteran's Building for the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of all funds and the amount of tax to levied. Detailed budget information is available at Richard Beeley's Residence and will be available at this hearing. BUDGET SUMMARY Proposed Budget 2017 Expenditures and Amount of 2016 Ad Valorcm Tax establish the maximum limits of the 2017 budget. Estimated Tax Rate is subject to change depending on the final assessed valuation. FUND General Prior Year Actual 2015 Current Year Estimate fur 201, Proposed Bud~;et Year for 2017 Actual Actual Budget Authorit~ Amount of 2016 Estimate Expenditures Tax Rate* Expenditures Tax Rate* for Expenditures! ^d Valorem Tax Tax Rate* 49,740 1.317 38,751 I. 140 52,979 34,470 1.560 Debt Service Totals 49,740 Less: Transfers 0 Net Expenditures 49,740 !Total Tax Levied 48,736 Assessed Valuation 37,006,747 1.3 ! 738,75 ! l. 140 52,979 34,470 1.560 0 0' 38 751 3 i ,662 27,793,329 22,101,2121 *Tax rates are expressed in mills. Crown Hill Cemetery Richard Beeley