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THE OSOOSA INDEPENDENT THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 P. 5 News Wild women of the west holding tryouts Barton... Carolyn Kaberline If you've ever wanted to become a Wild Woman--of the Frontier, that is--you're invited to a Meet and Greet during a regular practice of the group this Saturday, May 21. The Wild Women of the frontier are known for their performances on horseback to music and mingling on foot at such events as Tongan- oxie Days, Horse Days at Ag Hall, Wichita River Fest, the Tecumseh Mother-Daughter Banquet, plus a variety of local festivals and rodeos. Not only will members of the group stage shootouts or robberies while at these events, they also try to get kids involved by having them rope steer heads or be part of a posse. Successful applicants, according to the group's vice president Amy Bermudez aka U.S. Deputy Mar- shall F. M. Miller, are those who are outgoing and able to interact with an audience. "They also need to have good interpersonal skills for working in a group and be willing to commit to practices, performances and meet- ings approximately four to six times a month, depending on the season." Bermudez noted that those in- terested also need to have decent horsemanship, own a horse and have transportation, and "be willing to por- tray a character within our guidelines and create their own costumes." She explained that most of the characters portrayed lived, outlawed or'%vorked" somewhere west of the Mississippi between 1800 to the early 1900s. Depending on the season, partici- pation in the group can take a lot of time due to practices and the perfor- mances themselves. "We've had practices last seven hours, but we try not to let that hap- pen," Bermudez said. "Mostly we practice more when we change the performance and might practice four times for four hours before thel day of performance. Time commitment for the performance generally runs four to five hours, including drive time." She added that most performances occur on the weekends. She explained that while the group has traveled as far away as Oklahoma, Wyoming and Kentucky, most of the performances are within an hour's drive. Bermudez noted that not only is there a time commitment, but a financial commitment as well. "Financially it can vary quite a bit," she said. "Members are respon- sible for their horse, tack, costume and transportation to practices and performances. We require mostly leather tack. Some nylon is allowed, but only if it is black or brown and blends in." Costume prices may vary also, she said, depending on whether they are purchased or made. However, she noted that they can be "put together pretty inexpensively with a little imagination." While all this may sound like a lot of work, Bermudez is quick to point out that the group has a lot of fun as Klondike Kate, real name Jane Pennington. we]]. '€’e get together for trail rides and have an annual Campout and Christ- mas party," she said. %Ve all get along really well most of the time." The group currently has approxi- mately 30 members but is looking for more since some members have retired or are only semi-active due to other commitments. Those interested are encouraged to contact Amy Ber- mudez at (785) 806-0585 or club pres- ident Janice Elder at 1785) 969-4844 for information on the exact time and location of this week's Meet and Greet which will depend on weather condi- tions; the event will take place during a regular practice. More information can also be obtained on the group's website Bank president's wife pleads guilty to conspiracy A Jefferson County woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring with her husband to hide the money he stole from the bank where he was president, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. Brenda Schmitt Becker, 47, Meriden, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and agreed to forfeit her interest in property the couple owned in Jefferson County. In return, the government agreed to drop its claims on a 42-foot catamaran the couple purchased in hopes of leaving the United States. Becker's husband, Scott D. Becker, is serving a six-year fed- eral sentence after being convicted of conspiracy. The crimes occurred while he was president and CEO of Countryside Bank, formerly Meriden State Bank. In her plea, Brenda Schmitt Becker admitted that when Scott Becker learned the FBI was inves- tigating him he devised a scheme to make it appear he was indigent. She helped him to systematically liquidate, transfer and conceal his assets in order to keep the gov- ernment from taking them in the collection of fines, forfeitures and restitution in the criminal case. They conspired to obstruct jus- tice and to commit perjury, wire fraud and money laundering. They created a fictitious mortgage false- ly claiming that she had loaned him more than $1 million. They sold more than $422,000 worth of property in Finney County, liquidated a firearms collection for more than $425,000 and sold mineral rights in Finney County for more than $78,000. They pur- chased a 1997 Jeantot Marine 42-foot Privilege Catamaran yacht which they renamed "Pearls and Boots." They purchased a corpora- tion in Panama for the purpose of liquidating and transferring assets, and they formed a Nevada corporation, Mt. Bethel Enter- prises, LLC, to act as a holding company where they could park real estate and personal property until it could be sold and the pro- ceeds moved offshore. Sentencing is set for Aug. 29. The parties have agreed to a sen- tence of 12 months and one day. Grissom commended the Fed- eral Bureau of Investigation, As- sistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway and Assistant U.S. At- torney Christine Kenney for their work on the case. -I-RSTATE Where banking is still a people business. BAN K , TRUST START YOUR ENGINES ... SHIFT INTO GEAR ... ENTER TO WIN RACE TICKETS HERE! &Win 2 tickets and parking pass to the June 4th or 5th races at the Speedway. #,Stop by First State Bank & Trust anytime April 18th - May 26th to enter.* Visit for complete contest rules. Join us on Friday, May 27th, from 11am - 2 pm for the drawing and cook-out to start the holiday weekend/ 402 Plaza Drive Perry KS 785-597-5151 1 ember FDIC *You must be at ast 18 am c4d to enter. NO purchase necessar See Itns for ocial rules and entry infonnatlo  I County.., (Continued from page 1) Monday. • Commissioners discussed an issue that Rural Water District No. 1 has raised concerning the property at 8023 K-4 Highway. Owner Zach Snyder said he met with board members last week and presented a letter from the district. The district wants a variance for hard surface parking on the property. A parking lot that has already been poured is covering about 150 feet of water main line. Maim instructed Snyder to take the issue to the board of zoning appeals. PUBLIC AUCTION RELAY FOR LIFE 2011 Jefferson County Relay for Life Friday, June 10 • 5:30 p.m. Entry 5:45 p.m. Inspection of Meat Oskaloosa City Square • Oskaloosa, KS Prizes will be awarded to the TOP 3 PLACES! 1st • 2nd • 3rd Entries will be judged in the following categories: Taste • Texture/Tenderness • Appearance "Cooed For A Cure" Timel 8:.30 p.m.,.... Sfjng Come and join the fun of "Cookin" For A Cure" to help Jefferson County raise funds for cancer research. Each team will need to sign up from a choice of the categories listed below. Appetizers • Chicken • Beef • Pork Baked Beans • Dessert - $20 entry fee for EACH category - r- : "C00kin' For A Cure" Entry Form 9:30 p.m: ...Z Dessert 10 p.m ...... . ( be present to w) Relay For Life is a fundraising event of the American Cancer Societ)4 I [ Team Name: I Chief Cook I Address: Phone Numbers - Hom" Cell: Best phone number to use: Your entry form and fees MUST BE RECEIVED by 7 p.m., June 8, 2011. Send them to: Rick Fen'ell Questions or for more information, I 1009 Elm St. ca# Rick or Tamie at 785-945-3275  Valley Falls, KS 66088 or e-maiL, [ L ...... J 38-48-Itc Early detection can save your life. coil to see if you qutify for o free sreening To F, ee:l-877-277-1368 veww.pteve ntionwork Brenda and Linda (The Rollins' Twins) (Continued from page 1) This photo of Ross Barton appeared in the Oskaloosa Independent. him that was never an option. "Some people would call it bull- headed," she added. "In his case it was good to be bullheaded." Knudsen said Barton's approach to life made it easy to not feel sorry for him. "You wanted to feel sorry for him," she said. "But he did not want you to feel sorry for him. I don't think then we realized what grit and determination he had." Barton was not only a standout and a hard worker at school, he was also a valuable employee of the Oskaloosa Independent. Barton was a classmate of a young man named Jonathan Barker. Barker's father, Roger Barker, was a professor of psychology at KU and ran the Midwest Psychological Field Station that studied the effects of growing up in a small town. Jona- than's mother, Mrs. Barker, took an exceptional liking to Barton and introduced him to John W. Roberts, the editor of the Independent. Mrs. Barker convinced Roberts to give Barton a job. Throughout high school Barton worked at the Independent running a linotype and letter press. "I'm sure when Mr. Roberts saw me on crutches he thought, 'This guy can never run a linotype.'" Barton said having the job was one of the greatest things that could have happened to him. The job not only taught him independence, it allowed him to be independent. Barton saved his money and bought his first car. A local mechanic outfitted the car with a hand shifter to operate the clutch. It wasn't long after being hired that Barton had to be put on a salary. Roberts would pay Barton five cents for every word he could Birthday card... $3.00 Birthday present... $30.00 The fact that you turned 50 nine minutes before me... Priceless/ Happy Birthday, Sissy! Love, Linda linotype. After a few weeks Barton was producing more work than ex- pected. "He found out it was cheaper to pay me a salary," he said. Roberts saw a work ethic and drive in Barton and soon began mentoring him. "He was real helpful," Barton said of Mr. Roberts. "He's the one who encouraged me to go to col- lege." Mrs. Barker began taking Barton with her on trips to Lawrence. He said she instilled a belief that he could go to college. Sun., May 22, 2011 ° 1 p.m. 504 Union ° Oskaloosa, KS 38-48-1h TOOLS: Partner 85 chain saw; Other partner chain saw; 3 Sacks/Dolmar Chain Saws; Craftsman industrial table saw; Antique 2-man McCulloch Chain Saw; Titan Chain Saw; Clinton Chain Saw; Large buzz saw with 2 extra blades; Lots of chains and bars for the saws; Fencing tools; 12 T Post; Honey Extractor; Grease Guns; 6-inch Craftsman planer; Antique Briggs motor; Power Painter; Tool belts; Set of 3/4" drive socket set; 1/2" socket set; Carpenter's too] box with tools; Numerous cross-cut saws; Wood plane; Lawn mower; Antique harrow; Grass seeder; Building supplies; Hand tools, like new; 225/60/15 tire; Plymouth 15 tire; Ream saw vise; Plumbing tools, Antique hose reel; and much more not listed. FISHING AND CAMPING ITEMS: 1996 Bullet 5000 Bass Boat, with 150 Mercury motor New lower unit and on board Charger, ( Nice Boat); 16 foot Northern Canoe; Lot (approximately) 100 Fishing Lures; up to 20 fishing poles with reels; Lots more fishing items; Trolling motor; Large Coleman camp stove; Float tube; More items still being found after listing. FURNITURE: Antique library table, Seed cabinet; Camel-back trunk; Trunk; 7-draw dresser; Buffet; Oak wall shelf; 2 Texas hackberry wood single beds; Casio keyboard, Oak serpen- tine dresser; Desk chair; 4 steel lawn chairs; Chaise lounge. LUMBER AND BUILDING ITEMS: 100's feet of each walnut and oak lumber, dried and ready to go. Most all is 8 feet long or longer and width from 5 to 14 inches. The lumber has been kept dry.; Limestone wall caps from the old Jefferson County Court House; 8x10 moving truck box; 30+ cement blocks. CARL & DONNA WARD, OWNERS Shade's Auction Service Harry I. (Hi) Shade, Auctioneer 19650 23rd Street, Lawrence, KS • 785-842-4850 48-3s-it( Barton's experience at KU when he went to enroll was challenging. When he arrived one of the longest lines he had ever seen awaited him. Once he got to the end of the line after waiting on his crutches more hurdles awaited him. "'Oh, he went to that little school,'" Barton said two college kids told him as they looked him up and down. "'He can't do it.' "I'm going to have to work real hard to show these folks I do be- long," Barton told himself. "It turned out to be the best motivation tool they could have given me." where he spent 13 years working. While there he obtained a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. In 1974 Barton was looking through the L.A. Times and saw an advertisement from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency looking for elec- trical engineers. He applied, got the job and moved to Washington D.C. at the height of the Cold War. Barton worked on some of the biggest projects the U.S. would use during the Cold War and still uses today. CIA officials on a daily basis would monitor the Soviet Union through satellite images and later developed the spy drones that are used in modern day spying. He said on some occasions they would actually watch the Soviets test mis- siles. Every day Barton and the rest of his team would prepare news stories for the President to read. The main job was to keep an eye on the Sovi- ets. "What was the opposition doing and are they doing anything we ought to know about," he said was the focus. Barton sites the drone plane pro- gram as one of the biggest projects that he worked on during his 25 years working full-time for the CIA. Eventually all his work was turned over to the Air Force. Some items worked on are used in everyday life by Americans. Bar- ton said "thumb drives" were devel- oped for spies to quickly download information from computers. * * * * * Barton has been retired from the CLA since 2000 but still serves as a consultant. In 1990 while back in the area visiting his sister Barton contacted his former classmate Marie. Barton had divorced from his first marriage and Marie had been widowed. The two dated for one and half years before getting married. The couple lived near Washing- ton, D.C., for 10 years and are now retired in Topeka. Marie still works part-time as a nurse. Barton's classmates were some- what apprehensive about honor- ing him since he had lived such a modest life. Barton appreciated Barton said in:hindsight the ex-*  theoreoognition and said he was perience not only served as motiva- surprised. tion but as a survival tool as well. "I was surprised that they felt "I might have relaxed and had that way because I always just felt real trouble," he said. like one of them," he said. "I hope After graduating KU, a job offer people can see that you can do took Barton to southern California things." FREE Community Supper May 22 • 5 to 7 p.m. Winchester United Methodist Church Everyone is welcome! 48-38-1tc New Products T Available at Dealer-Increase power i and fuel mileage on ’’  Diesel Pickups Performance Fuel Systems for RVs, Pickups, and Large Trucks Gooseneck and RV Hitches P00'N00ltI00'MOBI00L N 200 Elm St. - Valley Falls, KS - 785-945-3313 Operating Hours: 1 to 7 p.m. The pool will close at 6 p.m. on these dates: June 1,3, 5, and possibly 6 for lifeguard training. Come by the pool to sign up for swimming lessons orto buy a pass. Call 785-945-3313 during pool hours for more information. Daily Passes Under 3 yrs. old ................... FREE 3-13 yrs. old ........................ $1.50 14-54 yrs. old ...................... $2.50 55 and Over ........................ $1.50 10-Day Passes 3-13 yrs. old ...................... $12.50 14-54 yrs. old .................... $22.50 55 and Over ...................... $12.50 Season Passes 1 Person .......................... $ 48.29 2 People .......................... $ 75.11 3 People .......................... $101.94 4 People .......................... $128.76 5 People .......................... $155.59 6 or More ........................ $193.14 *Tax included in price. Learn to Swim • Parent-Tot Class Five 30-minute lessons • Mon.-Fri. • (Parent participation required) 18 mos. to 4 yrs. old - $25 Jul, 2 ................. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Learn to Swim • Preschool Class Fve 30-minute lessons • Mon.-Fri. .ArS 4 to 5 yrs. old - $25 July 1 tt 15 ................. 6 to 6:30 p.m. July 25 t 29 ................. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Learn to Swim • Levels 1-6 July 11 to 22 1,2,3,4,5,6 ....................... 9 to 9:40 a.m. 1,2,2,3,4 ................... 9:50 to 10:30 a.m. 1,2,2,3,4,5 .............. 10:40 to 11:20 a.m. 1,2,2,3,4,5 ...... 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. 38-48-2tc ........... -:------- ,7 ......................