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P. 2 THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009 THE OSKALOOSA INDEPENDENT The View From... Rural Route #8 Wheat harvest this year had an old lus- ter to it, because it fought like a charging race horse pulling hard down the stretch from way behind to finish No. I in our hearts, if not on the card. For after all, as the yields mounted and the crop came from nowhere to being a fantastic winner for many Kansas farmers, the prices of wheat and for that matter, corn and soybeans fell. Still, at an official 41 bushels an acre and production at 360 million bushels, it was a thrill, because this wheat crop was written offas poor by sober objec- tive experts in April. And unlike wheat lore used to suggest, sometimes wheat does use up its nine lives and dies on the 10th. But not this summer. In an otherwise dismal period on numerous fronts, I took delight each day reading the wheat growers&apos; own harvest reports. And the growers finished fast again, this time conquer- ing the fields in about 15 days from a few hundred feet above sea level to 3,000 plus, and from Kiowa in south central to St. Francis in the extreme northwest, For sure, the yields in southwest Kansas were off, those fields said to be too close to the droughts of Oklahoma and Texas. In the end, harvest finished with unheard of yields approaching 100 bushels in places like Goodland (that being the far upper end of things) but with 60 bushels told frequently. Credit timely rains and good new varieties. If there is a problem with the new crop, other than price, it might be protein count. But hey, with test weights often at 64 pounds, four over the standard weight per bushel, and those yields, who is complaining about quality right now? A good amount did reach the 11 percent protein range, which is not too bad. Hats offto Bill Spiegel, the good ol' guy from Jewell who has farmed and written and edited his way around Kansas for many a moons, and there- by gives a dually keen professional touch to the wheat report sponsored by his employer, Kansas Wheat, as well as by DeBruce Grain, the Kansas City Board of Trade, and the Kansas Grain and Feed Association. Wheat harvest drew me to Kansas in 1969 to help Elton Spena (a family friend) help his late in-laws, the Days of Dodge City, bring in their wheat. Elton and Mr. Day had two old open seated Massey-Harris combines, the first to have electric lifts for the plat- forms. I drove two old trucks to the elevators about seven miles one way into Dodge, almost non-stop. Elton was the most positive, cheerful and skillful young man I may have ever known. He could fix anything and make anything run and most always with a smile on a broad face. His wife, Ginny, and her mother, would bring us great meals cooked from scratch to the field each day. It was all a pleasant shift from the sea and the crowded Navy ship I left behind. The air was light and hot; the views gorgeous; the life and times unfolding exquisitely. We endured a miniature dust storm one afternoon and a natu- ral gas pipeline blew up another day far enough away to be entertaining. Elton taught shop in Valley Falls at the time, so we returned there, hauling my car back in one of the wheat trucks. A year later I returned to Kansas to stay. Wheat harvest is always special even to me, and most certainly for generations of Kansas families who relied on it and made it part of the culture with an approach similar to Elton's. PIERSON REMODELING Decks, Windows, Siding Trim/General Carpentry FREE ESTIMATES ] Tracy Pierson (785) 863-3541 (785) 886-3837 Jim Suber is an award-winning farm, ranch, and rural life columnist resid- ing on Rural Route No. 8, Topeka. Animal feces (Addressed to Corps of Engineers of- ficials at Perry Lake) I had two phone calls concerning the "animal feces" on "the swimming beach" at Perry Lake this weekend. Can you clarify what is done when significant amounts of feces are on the beach? Both individuals were not questioning the cleanliness of the wa- ter of the lake but of the beach being clean enough to access the swimming area's water. And, to put in your statistics, as needed, both individuals each expressed concern for the silt that is accumulating and causing drown- ing via people being "entrapped" in the silt and having nothing to gain leverage to "push off" the bottom of the swimming area back to the top of the water. Know this is a "costly" topic, but just wanted to pass along that public concern. Eileen Filbert, RN, Adm.C. Jefferson County Health Department Mill levies likely on rise around state This is the time of year when local units of govern- ment- cities, counties, school districts, for example - are putting together their budgets for the next calendar year, and it's going to be tough. At The Rail by Martin Hawver The problem, of course, is that tax revenues are likely to shrink this year. For cities and counties that have local option sales taxes, they're braced for those tax receipts to drop next year. People either have less money to spend on sales-taxable items or they're spending less on those purchases to save money. For those without sales .tax revenues, it's mostly property taxes, and this year it is likely that most taxing authorities are going to have to increase mill levies. That is often the death warrant for those seeking reelection. The real problem is that there is likely to be either small growth or negative growth in the amount of prop- erty that local units of government levy taxes against. It means the end of what was nearly a free ride for cities, counties and school districts. When property val- ues were increasing, either through higher home prices or new homes and businesses being built, the same mill levy raised more money each year. Local officials could proudly proclaim that they didn't raise the mill levy even though rising assessed valuations meant that the same mill levy produced more revenue. There is this little public notice that governments run in the local newspapers about the actual dollar increase in the budget, but hardly anyone ever noticed those ads. This year, it's likely to be level or even decreased spending by local government. And increased mill lev- ies are likely. So, what happens when the new mill levies are announced? First, the local newspapers go nuts, if you'll pardon the term. The attention, of course, is given the mill levy because that is what most readers know. It won't be often that the first couple paragraphs of the stories will announce that the taxable valuation of the city or county or school districts has decreased. It's the mill levy because not increasing the mill levy is what local officials bragged about foryears. It is going to take a dramatic change in terminology for local officials to start talking about actual dollars approved for expenditure, which over the past several years have consistently risen while that mill levy was held level. And, it's going to make some property owners feel a little sheepish griping about rising mill levies when for years as long as the levy didn't rise, they didn't pay much attention to what money was being spent on... Hawver publishes Hawver's Capitol Report. To see about that, visit or call (785) 267-5500. QLITCI-I-E)( ' ' ' ;''I, "1' " , I Sat., Aug. 1,2009 Starting at 12 Noon 216 Wyandotte, Meriden, KS ",. z , < , s ::,4 :,:  " [ 3BR/1BA home, full basement CH/CA, 3-car garage, hardwood floors, vinyl siding, screen porch! Personal Property Auction Starts at 10 a.m. Several guns, antiques, household items, Tools, furniture and more! SEE MORE DETAILS IN NEXTWEEKS PAPER! SANDERS AUCTIONS Jim Sanders GRIFF1TH & BLAIR 5120 SW 28th * Topeka, KS 66614 AMERICAN HOME 785-271-0370 46-04-1tc QI:/3:'YY STKUC':RSS Specializing in Complete Post Frame Buildings Consider the ESH Advantage Free Estimates Steel Roof and Side - Free On-Site Consultation (40 yr. warranty) - Fully Insurec - 16 colors available Pro-engineered for code laws - 8 o/c Post Spacing Licensed ICC General 4" ale Tress Spacing' Contractor 90 MPH Wind Load, - 3-Ply Laminated Posts 30tb. 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Box 278 Oskaloosa, KS 66066 NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION [ PUBLIC NOTICE ] (Published in The Oskaloosa Inde- pendent July 9, 16, and 23, 2009)3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS PHH MORTGAGE CORPORATION PLAINTIFF TERI A. HINES DEFENDANTS Case No. 09CV100 Div. No. K.S.A. 60 Mortgage Foreclosure NOTICE OF SUIT The State of Kansas to: TERI A. HINES MK/A TERI A. ROBERTS; RICHARD L. HINES; JOHN DOE (REAL NAME UNKNOWN); MARY DOE (REAL NAME UNKNOWN) and the unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors, and assigns of such of the defendants as may be deceased; the unknown spouses of the defendants; the unknown officers, successors, trustees, creditors and assigns of such defendants as are existing, dis- solved or dormant corporations; the unknown guardians and trustees of such of the defendants as are minors or are in anywise under legal disabil- ity; and all other persons who are or may be concerned: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed in the District Court of Jefferson County, Kansas, by Phh Mortgage Corporation for judgment in the sum of $90,304.23; plus interest, costs and other relief; judgment that plaintiff's lien is a first lien on the said real property and sale of said property to satisfy the indebtedness, said property described as follows, to wit: LOT 50, CAIN SUBDIVISION "B", A SUBDIVISION IN JEF- FERSON COUNTY, KANSAS, ACCORDING TO THE RE- CORDED PLAT THEREOF. Commonly known as 2626 Spring Creek Circle, Topeka, Kansas 66617 and you are hereby required to plead to said petition in said Court at Os- kaloosa, Kansas on or before the 23rd day of August, 2009. Should you fail therein judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon said petition. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COL- LECT A DEBT AND ANY INFOR- MATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. SHAPIRO & MOCK, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 6310 Lamar - Ste. 240 Overland Park, KS 66202-4287 (913) 831-3000 Fax No. (913) 831-3320 Our File No. 09-101662/src Delaware Watershed Dialogue by Marlene K. Bosworth WRAPS coordinator Perry Lake -- More than just a pretty place. We recently spent a weekend camping at Perry Lake. Perry is located on the south end of the Delaware River Watershed and is the fourth largest lake in Kansas. Every time I visit the lake, I am struck by how beautiful it is. With 160 miles of tree-lined shores and over 11,000 acres of water surface, there is no place quite like it! People are often surprised to learn that Perry Lake is as young as it is. The lake is formed by a dam that impounds water from the Delaware River and its tributar- ies. Construction of the dam was completed in January of 1969, just 40 years ago. At my age, 40 seems pretty young, too young to be having serious health issues at least. As beautiful as it is, Perry Lake began experiencing '"health" issues very early. Nutrients carried into the lake from the watershed cause algae blooms, and pesticides from fields, pastures and lawns threaten water quality. Zebra mussels, a non- native invasive species of mussel that causes economic and environ- mental damage, were found in the lake tn 2007. But by far the most significant problem at Perry Lake is sedimentation -- the lake is aging rapidly as it fills up with soil! Dramatic changes in water depth caused by sedimentation have been documented by aerial photography and bathymetric surveys of the lake bottom. Estimates are that at least 25 percent of the water storage ca- pacity of the lake is now occupied by sediment. You can see evidence of this from the Highway 92 bridge at the northern end of the lake, where the ever-increasing shallows are quite evident. The sediment filling Perry Lake comes from the watershed above the lake. Some of this sediment comes from upland areas where soil is eroded from farm fields, pastures, home sites, road ditches and other locations. Fortunately, the conser- vation practices implemented by landowners in the Delaware River Watershed over the last several de- cades have significantly decreased this type of erosion. The other sedi- ment source is eroding channels and banks of the Delaware River itself and other streams. This source of sediment is of in- creasing impor- tance because little has been done to control it thus far. To prolong the useful life of Perry Lake (and other lakes in the watershed), streambank erosion must be brought under control. This involves stabilizing streambanks by plant- ing deep-rooted trees, shrubs and native grasses, and by maintaining existing trees along stream edges. In areas where bank erosion is serious, bank re-shaping, physical stabilization of the bank base and other measures will be needed. Protecting Perry Lake is im- portant because the lake is much more than just a pretty place. We can't afford, to lose the tremendous benefits Perry provides in boosting the area economy, providing public water supply, flood control, regula- tion of flows in the Missouri River, recreation and wildlife habitat. But prolonging the useful life of Perry Lake will take a large investment. Assistance is available to land- owners through multiple conser- vation agencies and programs to implement streambank stabili- zation practices. As a matter of fact, Delaware River WRAPS. was recently awarded almost $400,000 in American Recovery and Reinvest- ment Act funding (aka "Stimulus Funds") for streambank stabiliza- tion along the Delaware. For more information about sedi- mentation and assistance that is available, go to the Delaware River website at delawareriverwatershed. org or call 785-945-6292. Delaware River WRAPS * 2751 Antelope Road Sabetha, KS 66534 785-284-0080 FISH FARM Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Bass, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Bream, Coppernose Bluegill, Fathead Minnows, and Triploid Grass Carp are now available for Pond and Lake Stocking. Saturday, July 25, 2009 Nortonville---Midwest Fertilizer Inc .... Main & Railroad ...... 7 to 8 a.m. Oskaloosa .... 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She replaces Janelle Schuler, who has returned to a foster care agency she was with before taking the job in February. Christlieb is an Indianapolis, Ind., native. She has been the finance sec- retary for the South Knollwood Bap- tist Church the past seven years. She is married to Ron Christlieb, transportation director for USD 340 and pastor of the Meriden Bible Bap- tist Church. They have resided in the Meriden community for 14 years. The couple has two children, Ryan and Karmen, both graduates of Heartland Baptist Bible College, Oklahoma City. Ryan is employed by USD 340 and Karmen works for Keystone Learning Services. The Ozawkie city office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Rick Smoots TPucking Gravel Sand Dirt Rick and Debby Smoots (913) 796-6461 - Home (785) 691-5616 - Rick Mobile (785) 331-7253 - Debby Mobile 25886 Fairmount Road McLouth, KS 66054 I PUBLIC NOTICE I (Published in The Oskaloosa Inde- pendent July 2, 9, and 16, 2009)3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS CIVIL COURT DEPARTMENT BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, VS. SUSIE M. UNFRED, et al., Defendants. ..... Case No. 09CV 71 Title to Real Estate' Involved NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that under and by virtue of an Order of Sale issued by the Clerk of the District Court of Jefferson County, Kansas, in the case above numbered; wherein the parties above named were respectfully plaintiff and De- fendants, and to me, the undersigned Sheriff of Jefferson County, Kansas, directed, I will offer for sale at public auction and sell to the highest bid- der for cash in hand. Sales are at the south door of the Jefferson County Courthouse, 300 Jefferson Street, Okaloosa, Kansas 66066 on July 28, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. of said day, the fol- lowing described real estate situated in the County of Jefferson, State of Kansas, to-wit: THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED REAL ESTATE LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF KANSAS, TO WIT: A TRACT DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTH- WEST CORNER OF BLOCK 24, NEWELL'S ADDITION TO THE CITY OF OSKALOOSA, AND RUN THENCE SOUTH TO THE NORTH LINE OF THE DELAWARE RE- SERVE, THENCE EAST 145 FEET: THENCE NORTH TO THE SOUTH- EAST CORNER OF LOT 6 IN SAID BLOCK 24, NEWELL'S ADDITION, THENCE WEST TO THE PLACE OF BEGINNING, AND KNOWN AS OUT LOT 136 IN THE CITY OF OSKALOOSA, EXCEPTING HOWEVER, FROM SAID ABOVE- DESCRIBED TRACT, THE SOUTH 50 FEET THEREOF, HERETOFORE CONVEYED TO GEORGE A. HUD- DLESTON BY DEED RECORDED IN BOOK 141, PAGE 306 IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS, JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS, AND ALSO EXCEPTION THE NORTH 10 FEET OF SUBJECT TRACT. TAX ID #: 1-6K0111 BY FEE SIMPLE DEED FROM JOHN A. METZGER AND VICTO- RIA A. METZGER, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS SET FORTH IN DEED BOOK 471, PAGE 606 AND RE- CORDED ON 8/4/1997, JEFFERSON COUNTY RECORDS ("Property") said real property is levied upon as the property of Defendant Unfred and all other alleged owners and will be sold without appraisal to satisfy said Order of Sale. JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF Submitted by: MARTIN, LEIGH, LAWS & FRITzLEN, P.C. Beverly M. Weber KS #20570 Emily W. Hess KS #23035 ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF MARTIN, LEIGH, LAWS & FRIT- ZLEN, P.C. IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY IN- FORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. (Unfred & Bolinger, 5169.373)