Friday, October 31, 2008

Junior Fire Patrol Graduates

The Exeter Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department again this October provided all local 5th graders the training necessary to become a member of the “Junior Fire Patrol”.
The program is offered each October to coincide with “Fire Prevention Week”. Because of the great success expressed by the parents, the kids and the instructors, the Exeter Department has offered this program for a number of years. The kids participated in a structured class to include written assignments and they experience hands on use of fire fighting equipment. Students in attendance at all meetings were especially acknowledged with certification as “Junior Fire Marshal’s”. The kids are taught many aspects of fire safety, fire prevention, home escape planning, home hazards, and basic first aid. Greg’s Affiliated donated cookie treats each class, FNIA donated class materials and Casey’s donated graduation pizza’s. The primary volunteer instructors for 2008 were: Hope Androyna, Assistant Chief - Tim Axline, Junior Fire Patrol Chairman - Edward Mark, Greg Yound, Chief - John Mueller, Rescue Captain - Alan Michl, Doug Papik and Rusty Ruhl. These volunteers for our children are what make small town life truly part of the “Nebraska Good Life.”

The 2008 graduate class:

Elliot Erdkamp, Janey Due, Spencer Papik, Brianna Beatham, Sean Maxson

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Village of Exeter Receives Grant for Recycling Trailer

The Village of Exeter has been notified that they will receive a grant from the Nebraska State Recycling Association. The $13,500 awarded to the village is earmarked to purchase a recycling sorting trailer which will be placed closed to downtown.

This trailer will allow all residents to sort and drop off their own recycling whenever they want to. Currently, Exeter area recyclers must meet volunteers at the recycling trailer just outside of town on the second Saturday of the month during the hour and half the trailer is open.

On Wednesday, July 30th, Steve Andrews, a representative of the Nebraska State Recycling Association, met with Joyce Votipka and Leesa Bartu. They toured the town with Andrews, showing him the current trailers location and its downfalls. Andrews then asked to see the rest of the village asking questions about economic development and growth within the village. He was most impressed with the overwhelming response to the swimming pool bond issue.

The recycling trailer will be built in Nebraska by Dempster Industries out of Beatrice. It should be ready in the next six weeks and be in place before the holidays. The Village Board has not determined the final resting place of the trailer but the public will be informed when it is place. For more information post your questions here on the village of exeter blog or call Leesa Bartu at 266-3651.

Townships, Supervisors and Commissioners - What does this all mean to Fillmore County Residents?

This is the chance for all Fillmore County residents to voice their opinion on how they think the county should take care of their roads. A vote at the ballot box on Tuesday, will decide on whether or not to dissolve the 16 townships in the county.

This proposition was on the ballot in November of 1992 according to Fillmore County Clerk, Amy Nelson. According to Nelson, 2080 residents voted to continue the townships with 1178 to dissolve. Currently 27 counties in Nebraska operate under a township government but residents in Buffalo and Phelps County along with Fillmore will have the issue on the ballot in November.

Larry Biester, a member of the Geneva Township Board, has been an active voice in encouraging the supervisors to place the proposition on the ballot. He has served on the board for 21 years. “I have seen it when it really worked good and now it just doesn’t want to work,” said Biester.

The Exeter-Fairmont Township has also been running in the black mostly struggling with keeping members on the board and maintainers on the roads. Larry Cudaback, a member of the Exeter-Fairmont Township board repeated the thoughts of Biester claiming, “We spend a couple thousand dollars a year for insurance and the county already has that so it’s just a duplicate. Then the annual reports and audits and all takes quite a bit, too.”

Under the proposition Fillmore County Supervisors will become Commissioners in 2011 if the measure is passed.

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Fillmore County Antiques Road Show

The Fillmore County Antiques Road Show had something for everyone.
The event, sponsored by Fillmore County Senior Services, featured Tom Bassett, professional appraiser, out of Lincoln. He recently participated in similar event in Seward where Fillmore County Senior Services director Brenda Motis had the opportunity to review both Bassett and the program.

According to Motis, Bassett was impressed with the quality of items brought to the show. A few of the pieces were not worth a great amount of money, but as family heirlooms Bassett recognized that they were priceless.
The program went "amazingly well," according to Motis, "The support from not only the community of Exeter but the surrounding communities was wonderful. The success of the event is attributed to the support we received from local businesses serving as corporate sponsors, the Exeter and Milligan churches, Exeter Senior Center and Milligan Senior Citizen's Organizations all providing the pies and sandwiches for the food stand."
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