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P~eEi~t N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, August 7, 2014 Park & Ride Buses State Fairgoers DART is offering Iowa State Fairgoers half-price savings and convenient service at three Park & Ride locations around the metro during this year's Fair, set August 7-17. Show your advance ad- mission ticket at one of DART's three State Fair Park & Ride locations and receive half off the roundtrip fare. Parking is free at all locations. Dis- counted roundtrip fares with advanced admission tickets are $1 for adults and 50 cents for the seniors (ages 65+), disabled per- sons, Medicare card hold- ers and children (ages 6- 10). Children ages 5 and younger ride for free. Regular roundtrip fares are $2 for'adults and $1 for seniors (ages 65+), dis- abled persons, Medicare card holders and children (ages 6-10). All buses are wheelchair-accessible. Cash fare only. DART offers three con- venient Park & Ride loca- tions where Fairgoers can park for free: Center Street Park & Ride (7th and Cen- ter St., enter on 7th St.) Southeast Polk Schools (N.E. 80th St. and Highway 163) State Capitol (East 12th St. near the State Capitol bell) The hours are 8:30 a.m. to Midnight every day of the Fair at all Park & Ride locations with extended hours on Opening Day, August 7, starting at 6 a.m. Call DART at 515/283-8100 for more details. Farm Progress Show Buses from Southeast Visitors to this year's Farm Progress show in Boone Polk Schools will drop off will have an oppor_tunity to contribute to the fight against hunger. From August 26-28, organizers will be and pick up Fairgoers on Dean Avenue south of the accepting nonperishable food donations for the sixth Swine Barn near Gate 8.annual America's Farmers Food Drive. Since 2009, this Buses from the Center food drive has collected more than 100,000 pounds of Street and State Capitol food, providing enough nourishment for 83,000 meals. All of the food collected will be donated to local hunger Park & Ride stops will con- organizations. The food drive is sponsored by Monsanto, tinue to drop off and pick up Fairgoers near Gate 10. in conjunction with Farm Progress Companies and the Three parking lots are Howard G: Buffett Foundation (HGBF). "Although America's farmers work day in and day available for motorcycle or out to feed the growing population, there are still nearly vehicle parking at $10 per vehicle. Bicycle parking is a billion people who go to bed hungry each night," said available inside Gate 10 for Howard G. Buffett, HGBF president. "The America's $2. Fair advance admission tickets are on sale through August 6 while supplies last at participating Hy- Vee, Hy-Vee Drugstores, Dahl's Food, Fareway stores and the State Fair Ticket Office; located on the Fairgrounds. Or, pur- chase your tickets online at iowastatefair.org and print them at home, fee-free. AG FIELD DAY With all the new elec- tronics and equipment to choose from in the ag in- dustry toda}~ how do you choose what is right for you and your farming op- eration? NESSA, Inc. is hosting an Ag Field Day and Open House Thurs- da~ Aug. 14, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at its location in Zearing. Check out the newest equipment and precision agricultural electronics available. Speak with the experienced owners of NESSA, Inc. as well as di- rect with manufacturers to help determine the right product for your needs. 5921 SE 14th Street, Suite 1800 Des Moines, Iowa ~ 515-287-1500 Mon-Fri: 7:30-6pm Tuesday-Friday - 9am to 7pm Saturday - 9am to 5pm Sunday - llam to 5pm Walk-ins Welcome Community Rallies To Save Closed and Historic Hotel! In August of 2012, Jay the business model for and Denise Hartz visited years to come. Perr)4 IA for the first time. Over the next several Reason for the visit: Their weeks, Jay presented his interest in purchasing The business plan, pro-formas, HotelPattee, whichwasat and passion over the the time on the real estate phone, via conference calls market, and webinars. He Spent What they found was a the next several weekends gorgeous, 40 room historic visiting with groups of hotel that was originally people at town hall meet- built in 1913. A property ings (one had over 80 in that was completely gut- attendance). Other times Farmers Food Drive is an opportunity for farmers, corn- ted and restored in 1997 he would meet with folks .munity members and ag youth to help feed their fami- with over $12 million of one on one at the local cot- lies, friends and neighbors." investment. An invest- fee shop. FFA chapters and 4-H clubs have special incentives to participate in the food drive. Members from these two organizations will receive free admission with a donation of five nonperishable food items per student. The three FFA chapters and 4-H clubs who donate the most food will each receive a $250 donation from Monsanto. Donations will be accepted at gates otto, five, managed. Unfortunately, and nine. for the Hartz's, the price ment made by a philan- Residents of.all ages, thropist who was born and race and educationalback- raised in Perry. grounds were interested in They also discovered a learning more and invest- hotel that was dirty, some- ing in what they believed what worn down and mis- to be the heartbeat of their community. Farmers, law- yers, doctors, retirees, edu- "Students involved in FFA and 4-H are the future of agriculture," said Angela Allen, customer advocacy manager at Monsanto. "Raising awareness about the reality of rural hunger helps students understand their role in feeding an ever-growing population and builds educated and passionate leaders for the next genera- tion." Additionally, for every pound of food collected, Monsanto will donate $1 (up to $1.0,000) to United Way of Story County and the HGBF will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to Feeding America. Join this important cause and donate food at this year's Farm Progress ShOw. Farmers who attend Farm Progress will have an ad- ditional opportunity to support their own communi- ties by enrolling for America's Farmers Grow Commu- nities, a program that directs $2,500 donations to non- profit organizations. Now in its fifth year, the program has provided $1,502,500 to Iowa nonprofits since 2010. Enrollment runs through November 30. To learn more, visit www.GrowCommunities.com. NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION 155 S. 13th St. - West Des Moines, IA 50265 Vehicles can be viewed at 9 a.m., auction starts promptly at 10 a.m. Cash or Credit Card are the accepted forms of payment. Ali~vehicles are sold in an "as is" condition. No guarantees are implied, or offered, by the City of West Des Moines, or by persons or companies in contract with the West ~es~ Moines Police Department. Kelly Ayers~ 515-225-6088 fax 1997 CHEVROLET VENTURE 2000 OLD ALERO 1997 FORD ESCORT 1994 HONDA CWIC 1997 DODGE RAM 1500 1999 DODGE DAKOTA 1999 PONTIAC GRAND AM 1999 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 515-223-1208. , 1GNI)X03EIVD209999 1G3NL12TOYC418109 3FALP15POVR100696 1HGEG8559RL021012 1BTHE13Z1VJ579969 1B7GG26Y7XS139740 1G2NE12E5XM762186 1G2IB1244X7549162 2000 CHRYSLER TOWN &COUNTRY 1C4GP44G5YB573694 1995 DODGE NEON 2004 FORD TAURUS 1997 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 2002 HONDA CIVIC 2001 OLDS ALERO 1999 CHEVY BLAZER 1997 PONTIAC SUNFIRE 1997 CHEVY BLAZER 2002 SATURN SL2 1997 NISSAN ALTIMA " 1991 MAZDA 626 1996 CHEVY $10 2005 FORD TAURUS 1994 HONDA ACCORD 1992 MAZDA MX3 1998 FORD WINDSTAR 1996 DODGE RAM 1500 201)0 DODGE CARAVAN 2003 CADILLAC DEVILLE 1991 CADILLAC BROUGHAM 1992 PONTIAC TRANSPORT 1985 LINCOLN TOWN CAR 1996 CADILLAC DEV1LLE 1B3ES47C3SD149863 1FAFP53484A123200 1J4GZ5853VC544211 JHMES165225002167 1G3NF52E21C150296 1GNDT13W5XK226359 1G2JB1240V7611332 1GNDTI3W4V2245031 1G8ZK52702Z116865 1N4BU31D5VC251737 1YVGD22BOM5125239 1GCCS1447TK118243 1FAFP53U95A302671 JHMCD565XRC093959 JMIEC4321N0113948 2FMZA5141WBE50181 1BTHC16Y8TS714769 1B4GP44L2YB573047 1 G6KD54Y83U248409 1G6DW54E8MR723330 1GMDUf16L2NT215341 1 LNBP96F7FY750201 1G6KD52Y8TU276844 tag of the hotel did not match its potential of pos- sible profits and sustainability. Move forward about one year later, when Jay got a call on a Saturday morning at their home in St, Louis, MO. He was in- formed that The Hotel Pattee would be closing and going back to the bank. Jay was elated to hear this news and awaitedhis wife to return home from grocery shop- ping. She had barely got- ten into the door of their home, with grocery bags in hand when Jay let her know about the phone call and asked, "Do you want to go for it?" Denise imme- diately said, "Yes!" Jay visited Perry the next week, confident that he and Denise had the proper savings to take on this project on their own. What he le~/rned after meeting-with the bank turned out to be the exact opposite. Jay quotes, 'q was told the bank would only take cash offers, that the hotel would go to bid and go quickly." What happened in the next three weeks is short of amazing, but shows the power of a community and its citizens who be- heve in a particular project and a business model that has never been in place at The Hotel Pattee: An Owner Operator who is local and has investment in the project and the com- mun'lty! Keep in Mind that prior to August 1; 2013, Jay and Denise Hartz literally knew five people in Perry. After visiting Perry that first weekend in August, a grassroots committee of 13 area residents formed within days. These volun- teers believed in Jay and Denise Hartz, their pas- sion; experience and busi- ness plan to resurrect The Hotel Pattee and sustain cators, small business owners and others put their faith in this move- ment to re-open this His- toric Landmark. By the end of August, Jay and Denise Hartz had over 56 letters of intent to invest with their LLC. Sep- tember 26, 2013, they paid cash for the hotel and took over possession. Jay and Denise Hartz control ap- proximately 75% of Pattee Hotel, LLC with the re- mainder of ownership be- longing to area sharehold- ers. $395,000 was bor- rowed from local residents and will be paid back within a five year period. The once closed and abandoned Hotel Pattee reopened No(,ember 4, 2013 under the new lead- ership of Jay and Denise Hartz. The support of the community has been over- whelming: Not only the financial support, but also the moral support. The "revenues at the hotel for the five months of being re-opened have far ex- ceeded expectations. What is the moral of the story? Anything is pos- sible when you have the power of everyday citizens who believe in a project and step up to make things happen. Jay and Denise Hartz firmly believe that this precedent and path can and will be duplicated in other small towns in America. On a side note, the Hartz family just pur- chased an historic hotel that is three blocks from the Hotel Pattee, which further states their com- mitment to be long term players and residents of Perry. They are truly living hhe American Dream and will work very hard to keep this Historic Gem Alive and Well here in the Middle of America!