Saturday, March 13, 2010

Edgar Rec Center gets a Mini Face Lift

Larry Cudaback, left, and Kay Due, right, pictured with the sign they recently updated.

If you haven't driven by Edgar Recreation Center in the last month, take a few minutes to check out the new improvements there.

For starters the park sign was given a more than just a face lift. The sign, a collaborative effort of Larry Cudaback and Kay Due, is completely new. Cudaback put together the sign board with a frame and gave it some new supports so that Due could repaint the park sign. The sign reflects the many activites available at the park.

Also included in the recent updates were a new cement picnic table. The very heavy addition to the park was assembled by Cudaback and another park neighbor, John C. Miller. The merry-go-round also received a new landing pad of soft gravel.

In 2006 the tennis courts were resurfaced and the playground swingset was updated. Arriving with the swingset was the first cement picnic table.

Those in the neighborhood, like Cudaback and Miller, along with Kenny Guthrie and park board member Brian Murphy take turns keeping the park mowed in the summertime. The park was started in 1969 when the United Methodist Church bought the land across the street from them. Under the direction of Reverend Adrian Edgar, who was minister at the United Methodist Church at the time, they decided to use the ground as a community park. They made two tennis courts paved with asphalt in that year and some of the original playground equipment was set, along with the shuffleboard courts and the basketball hoops. In the 19080's the wooden play structure was built. Since it is owned by the United Methodist Church, it is maintained by Park Board members and not the village.

With Spring coming, visit Edgar Recreation Center to enjoy the new updates.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

#3 Seed Humphrey St. Francis too much for the Timberwolves.

Humphrey St. Francis were on a mission of revenge on the State Tournament court Thursday afternoon. They have finished as runner ups in the State D-1 bracket the last two years. They were State Champions last in 2006. Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves held on for the first two periods but were outscored the last two periods, only scoring two points in the final period.

Exeter-Milligan high scorers were seniors Travis Yound with 11 points and Dillan White contributed 12 points for the team. The final score for the game was 57-32, ending the Timberwolves state play. The team had a 18 -7 record on the year.

Named to the boys All Conference Team were Travis Yound - first team, Dillan White and Mitch Horne - honorable mention. All Star team members were Travis Yound and Dillan White with Mitch Horne chosen as an alternate. Girls All Conference Team members were Heather Pribyl on the first team with Claire White given an honorable mention.

A little trivia, for you Exeter history buffs. Senior Dillan White's parents, Brad and Darcy White both played on State Championship teams. Brad, for McCool Junction in 1985 and Darcy for Exeter in 1986. Also, Jim Horne, father of Mitchell Horne, another senior, scored 36 points for Exeter back in 1980 at the District c-9 semi-final. Thanks to Bonnie Cudaback for sharing this information.

Timberwolves Headed to State

The Exeter-Milligan Timberwolf Basketball Team pictured just before heading to Lincoln.

Escorted out of town by the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department.

The Kindergarten, First and Second Graders shared a song with the team at the pep rally.

The team comes out of the school.

The Band warms up to play the team on the bus.

Exeter-Milligan School Updage: Algebra III Class

The Algebra III class just finished their unit on
probability with an activity comparing the number of a
certain color of m&m's to the percentages that Mars Company
claims is in each bag. We found the margin of error and
found most colors to be close to what the company claims.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Exeter-Milligan Boys Basketball Team Plays Thursday

The Exeter-Milligan Boys Basketball Team will play their first ever State Basketball Tournament game on Thursday, March 11th at 3:45 p.m. The game will be at Lincoln Northeast High School against the #3 seeded Humphrey St. Francis. The Timberwolves are the #6 seed in the D-1 bracket. Go Timberwolves!!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Exeter-Milligan Elementary Spring Concert

Exeter-Milligan third and fourth graders singing at the Spring Concert.

Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten, first and second graders rock out while singing about Minding their Manners.

Exeter-Milligan Sing Around Nebraska Participants sang Old Joe Clark.
The Fifth and Sixth grade band performed three tunes for the audience.

The entire group of Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten through sixth grade performing at the Spring Concert "From the Inside Out."

The Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten through sixth grade classes spent Tuesday evening entertaining family and friends with a program entitled "From the Inside Out."

Guests were welcomed to the Milligan gym by artwork created by the classes featuring the character pillars the program focused on: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Prior to the program, several piano students performed for the audience. The program began with the fifth and sixth grade band performing several numbers including the Overture 1812. The fourth graders followed, playing Ode to Joy on their recorders.

This year for the first time the third graders played Boomwhackers. They are tubes of different lengths, that when whacked, give off a different pitch. The third graders performed Whacky Chopstix.

Eight students, Ashley Benorden, Kaitlyn Clift, Janey Due, Lucy Murphy, Patrick Murphy, Joan Strate, Katie Skinner, and Bailey Stueben, participated in the Sing Around Nebraska program and they sang Old Joe Clark from their program.

All of the students, Kindergarten through sixth grade sang The Star Spangled Banner together and then rocked ut and sang a song entitled From the Inside Out by Teresa Jennings.

The Kindergarten, first and second graders sang three numbers about the character pillars, Mind Your Manners, I Promise and Respect.

Next up were the third and fourth graders who sang Fifty Nifty United States and My Personal Code.

The fifth and sixth grade classes continued the theme singing about being Responsible and Kindness. They finished their portion of the concert singing Stand By Me.

All the classes together sang It Starts With Me to close the Spring concert.

Exeter-Milligan School Update: Teachers Contribute for Jeans

JEAN DONATIONS: Some of the Exeter-Milligan teachers/staff donated a
set amount of money to be able to wear jeans every Friday during the
2009-2010 school year. $ 77. 50 was donated to Lee National Denim Day
which is held the first Friday in October. Another $77.50 was given
to Blue Valley Community Impact in Geneva during December and an
additional $157.50 was kept by the school for an end of the year staff

Exeter-Milligan School Update: Turning Fiction into Reality

Looking Through the Glass – by Rhoda Wahl, Exeter-Milligan Language Arts Teacher

Lewis Carroll’s timeless story, of a young girl who steps through a mirror into another
world, is considered classical fiction. At Exeter-Milligan School, however, students are
turning fiction into reality as they mentally step through the glass screen of their laptops
into the classroom of the world. Last fall, Exeter-Milligan was given the opportunity to
work with Apple Computers in a 1-to-1 Laptop Initiative. Since then, both teachers and
students have been exploring the world through the glass of a computer screen.
As an English teacher, I feel as out-of-place as Alice in the Looking Glass house. How
can computers improve my students’ reading and writing? To answer that and a myriad
of other questions, I find myself stepping through the glass myself. With each tentative
step, my students and I learn something new. Here’s what we have learned so far:
 Creative writing is much more fun in color. Colorful fonts and formatting options
personalize a “Teacher-made-me-write-it” essay into a meaningful creation.
 Research just got easier – and harder. Internet access and electronic libraries make
information easy to locate. The drawback is that having too many choices can look
daunting to a novice researcher.
 Keyboarding skills make the writing process go faster. Spelling and grammar checks
are now accompanied by a proofreader that identifies overused or vague terms (and
other writing faux pas that can make a teacher cross-eyed. Another useful feature of
our word processing package is a speech function that reads selected text back to the
writer. This helps identify awkward sentences and word errors.
 Editing and Revising is less painful for both teacher and student. Teachers and peer
editors can locate errors and insert comments or suggestions without bleeding red ink
all over a page. Revisions and corrections can be made quickly without having to
start all over on a blank page.
 Publishing a finished piece of writing is neat, attractive, and eco-friendly. Through
the use of digital drop boxes, students and teachers can pass a document back and
forth until it is polished and ready to print. This eliminates two or three printed drafts
per student, which is both economical and ecologically sound.
 Student time on task has improved. Reticent writers are spending more time creating,
revising, and publishing digitally than they do with paper and pen. They love to read
each others writing, and take pride in getting “published”.
Looking at the world through the glass can be confusing and seem backward, but I’ve
stepped through the portal. English class will never be the same again.

Obituary Carol Yound

Carol Elaine Johnson Yound was born to Harold Johnson and Mildred Barker Johnson on January 14, 1937, on a farm near Greenleaf, KS, and passed away on March 5, 2010, in Exeter, NE, at the age of 73 years, 1 month and 18 days. She was one of two children in the family.
Carol attended country school until they moved to Washington, KS, where she attended and graduated from Washington High School in 1954. On April 3, 1955, Carol married Norman Leo Yound, and to this union, six children were born. Carol was active in the church playing organ, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday school.
In 1970, Carol and Norm moved to Exeter, NE, from Washington, KS, and opened Norm’s IGA. She worked beside Norm until he retired, and then continued working for their son, Greg, until her retirement in 2002.
They enjoyed their retirement years together traveling the United States by bus and car. Carol was an avid reader and a member of the library board for several years. She also enjoyed putting jigsaw puzzles together and loved music.
Due to declining health, Carol moved to the Exeter Care Center in July 2009 and passed away late in the evening of March 5, 2010.
She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Norm, of Exeter. Children Sandy and husband Myron Zoubek of Milligan, NE, Cindy Yound of David City, NE, Greg and wife Jackie Yound of Exeter, NE, Scott and wife Jeanette Yound of Lincoln, NE, Sara and husband Darrell Oltman of Lincoln, NE, and Shari Yound of Roeland Park, KS, sister-in-law Karel Johnson, sister- and brother-in-law Verda and Larry Lindsley, three nieces and a nephew.
Honorary pallbearers are grandchildren Matt and fiancé Jocelyn Davis, Jeremy and Brandon Zoubek (Sandy), Lara Yound (Cindy), Anthony, Travis and Erica Yound (Greg), Jennifer and Nathan Yound (Scott), Ashley and Adam Oltman (Sara), great granddaughter Presley Jolene Zoubek (Matt).
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, father- and mother-in-law, Emmett and Myrtle Yound of Washington, KS, and brother, Delvin Johnson of Tonganoxie, KS, sister- and brother-in-law Eunice and Charles Griffiths of Washington, KS.
Private burial service with public memorial service on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Exeter, NE. Memorials in lieu of flowers to the United Church of Christ or Exeter Public Library.