Fallon County Times (Baker, Mont.) 1916-current, July 15, 2016, Image 1

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FALL Coun fctimes@midrivers.com 406-778-3344 VOLUME 100 ISSUE 28 1 BAKER, MONTANA 59313 Now facility includes tank field, dispensers and a 5200 sq. ft. new convenience store. $1.00 FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016 Submitted drawings Farmer's Union to build new facility By Sherry Vogel Farmer's Union Oil Company/Cenex of Baker is pleased to announce their decision to construct a brand new facility. The new building will be constructed on the present site at the cor- ner of Hwy 12 and 3rd St West. The company will demolish the old service station, which was originally built in 1959, and the fuel system. They will re- build a new facility including tank field, dispensers and a 5,200 sq. ft. new convenience store. Farmer's Union Oil made the decision to build a new facility due to a variety of reasons. The current building is overgrown and is outdated. They have lim- ited space for the variety of new products they JIQW:Vil -and with the addition of the C -Store daily food service they are busting at the seams. A striking vaulted vestibule area created of western red cedar will welcome the public as they enter the new building. Inside will be a brand new convenience store with a spacious, state of -the -art deli area that will rival any other convenience store deli in Montana. The deli boasts a spacious open kitchen and large counters and islands in the service area. The well planned design will allow for a more streamlined, quicker service. It also boasts a larger new seating area to allow customers to sit down and enjoy a leisure lunch. The C -Store will feature ice cream coolers, more snack items, a larger variety of cold, refreshing soft drinks, and a wide va- riety other products. Other additions to the facility are offices. additional storage space and a large walk-in cooler and freezer. The store will also feature new spotless and spacious tiled rest - rooms. Shirley Sakelaris named 2016 Citizen of the Year By Sherry Vogel Mayor Clayton Hornung presented Shirley Sakelaris the 2016 Citizen of the Year award at the regularly scheduled city council meeting on June 23. This is the ninth year this distin- guished honor has been awarded. Mrs. Sakelaris, a member of the Baker com- munity for the past twenty-two years and for- mer owner of Sakelaris' Kitchen restaurant, was chosen for this honor as she is someone who has gone above the call to promote Baker through acts of goodwill. Shirley was born and raised in Forsyth, Mon- tana. She and her husband Chris, a former em- ployee of the State Highway Department, were living in Miles City in 1989. The Sakelaris' were empty nesting as the last of their three children had just graduated from high school. Shirley found herself alone at home because Chris was working out of town several days a month. The nature of his work moved him around the state on a regular basis. Shirley's brother, Duane Quenzer and her younger sis- ter, Linda Quenzer Moore. told her that a small restaurant in Baker was for sale. She and Chris purchased Margetta's Cafe from owners Marge Johnson and Georgette McCamish. They moved to Baker the first part of April. They renamed the café Sakelaris' Kitchen and opened their doors on April 15,1989. Throughout the next twenty-two years Shirley enjoyed serving homemade food to the hungry of Baker. She and her crew worked long hours to accommodate the work sched- Russell's Clothing Baker, Montaim 'SA , P, 4 7,77# 7 A4,F.Zik.' ; ules of employees from the oilfield industry. This meant opening up as early as four o'clock in the morning to be ready for the early morn- ing breakfast crowd. Another group of people that Shirley accommodated were the seasonal hunters to Baker. She offered early morning openings, served delicious homemade break- fasts and even packed lunch bags for those who desired one. Not long after opening her business, Shirley began feeding school sports teams. She real- ized that out-of-town teams coming to this area had to wait to eat their supper in a differ- ent city, one to two hours after the final game of the night. She began calling various coaches from incoming schools to take orders for food so that she would be prepared. She most often offered hamburgers or chicken strips as the main entree. She became friends with many coaches from two different school districts. Often times, the school bus drivers, whom she also came to know well, would call her just be- fore leaving the parking lot to give her heads up on the team's arrival. This worked particu- larly well when the away team that had played down in Ekalaka would be dining at Sake- laris'. This gave her a forty-five minute lead time before they arrived. Shirley enjoyed the high school athletes. She said, \They were re- ally well behaved. Many times they would carry their dirty dishes back to the kitchen to help out before they left. They seemed to ap- preciate what we did for them.\ She then dis- closed,\1 most always sent a few dozen Although there are many changes at Farmer's Union Oil, the company will still offer the same high quality service, friendly qualified staff and the delicious daily food specials you've come to enjoy. If all goes according to plans, the new Farmer's Union Oil Company facility will be complete late 2016. Mayor Clayton Hornung presented Shirley Sakelaris, of Baker, with the 2016 Cit- izen of the Year Award. cookies along with them for the ride how. - When a team played their last game for the season Shirley would serve her homemade 'chicken fries.' Shirley described chicken fries as homemade chicken fried steak. This meal was greatly anticipated by young athletes who were longtime members on a team. Many times Shirley, Chris and their employees would not get home until after midnight on such nights. Morning came awful early as the breakfast crowd would be at her door at sun- rise. Another highlight of the business was when Photo by Darlene Hornung she fed the night show entertainers out at the fairgrounds. She said this was a contracted catering job through the Fallon County Fair. \The entertainers were always pleased to be served a home cooked meal stated Shirley. The entertainers had their fill of fast food while traveling extensively throughout the country. She disclosed to the Times her famous menu: Montana roast beef, mashed potatoes (always with a few lumps, so they knew they were real potatoes), stir fried gravy, corn on cob, dinner salad, and home baked apple crisp with ice SEE SAKELARIS, PAGE 3 Select Ladies Summer Fashions 5p4,14 art' Dresses • Sweaters • Tops Capris • Shorts • Skirts • Shoes Visit Our Website at www.FallonCountyExtra.com

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