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Ten good reasons to live in Eudora

September 1, 2005

years since I moved to Eudora. It is also the smallest city I've ever lived in. I never thought I would end up living in a small city. I had always dreamed about the bright lights of the big city as the place I would call home.

Surprisingly, my stay here so far has been wonderful. As I look back at the last two years, I'd like to share my top-10 reasons to live in Eudora.

10. Hardworking policemen: It seems like there isn't a day that goes by that I don't see a patrol car policing the neighborhoods or pulling someone over. In fact I've nicknamed them "The Welcome Wagon" because of my experience of being pulled over the very first week I moved to Eudora. I understand these officers are just doing their jobs to keep this city safe, but in a small town, they are very visible.

9. Friendly grocer: Bryan, one of the owners of C&S Market is very involved in the community. I first met him through his involvement in the Boys Scout before I knew of his business. He supports a lot of youth programs and the many other events in this city. He truly knows how to give back to the community.

8. Quick trip: You can get to anywhere in Eudora in less than 10 minutes. This makes busing kids around for school and sports activities a breeze. If you are running late, don't worry. It's just a hop, skip and a jump away to your destination.

7. Baseball facilities: I don't know much about baseball, but I have heard many coaches from teams in other cities compliment the facilities we have here. Kudos to whomever is responsible for planning and building it.

6. Rent-a-pool: Where else can you rent the city pool for your own private party on any given day in the summer? Besides the very reasonable cost, the "Baywatch" lifeguards come with the "rental" to ensure your safety.

5. Friendly faces: Almost anywhere you go, you are bound to run into someone with whom you have met at a school function, sporting events or at a party. Just be careful though, if you decide to be rude to someone while driving, you might be surprised to see who gets out of that car when both of you happen to arrive at the same destination.

4. Save Bobby Arnold: I've never seen a city band together to fight to save a job like the community fought for Bobby Arnold to keep his job as the Eudora Parks and Recreation director. That camaraderie and support for him was a beautiful thing to see. I wish I would have had people fighting for me when I lost my job.

3. Jasmin Restaurant: I have traveled to numerous states in America and also through the many continents of the world, and I can honestly say I have never seen a Chinese/Mexican combination restaurant. I have had their Chinese food and it's pretty good, but I have never tried their Mexican fare. This restaurant should put an end to any group that has a dilemma in choosing a diverse ethnic food offering.

2. The school system: One of the reasons we moved here was because we heard a lot of good things about the public schools. We home-schooled our kids, so for our kids to attend public school, it had to meet our high expectations. So far, that expectation has been met. Every teacher I've met operates at a high level of excellence to provide a great stepping-stone for kids in Eudora to fulfill their educational dreams.

1. No traffic lights: I'm still not over the fact that I live in a town without traffic lights. It's like having a home in this day and age without running water. I know there are people who will take an alternate route to avoid a traffic light. Eudora should be heaven for them.

I'm sure some of you have your own reasons why you enjoy living here. I would encourage you to visit The Eudora News Web site and click on the "community forum" link to share your top-five reasons.

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