Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Visitor to Exeter

This summer the Rassette's came back to visit. Tom and Jessica brought their two boys to explore where Tom grew up.  Here is Jessica's blog about that visit, it's  a different view of Exeter.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Exeter Old Photos: The Ravens

The Ravens: Jerry Taylor on drums and Jim Taylor on guitar.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer (Styskal) Faust.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Did you know you could recycle this???

Courtesy of the Co-Op America here are some links to recycle household items:

For Computers and Electronics to find the most responsible recyclers go to:

Foam packing peanuts - check with the local post office to see if they will hold them for a customer who ships often or call the Plastic Loose Fill Producers Council at 1-800-828-2214 to find a drop off site.

Ink/toner cartridges - check for locations to recycle

Oil - Find used motor oil recycling locations at

Cell Phones - Call to Protect reprograms cell phones to dial 911 and gives them to domestic violence victims at

or Collective Good will refurbish your phone and sell it to someone in a developing country at
The best site to find where to recycle anything is

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Exeter Old Photos

Ken Taylor is one of the pictured young men.  Do you know any of the others?

photo courtesy of Jennifer (Styskal) Faust

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Exeter-Milligan IPOD

The Exeter-Milligan special education department received five ipods this year.  One of the apps that we use with the 8th grade and 10th grade special education students is the Flashcard app.  This is used to study their English vocabulary words.  The ipod makes it more interesting than using the traditional paper flashcards.  We also downloaded an app called Drivers Education that will assist students who will be getting their license or studying for Drivers Education class.  Other apps we have students use to help review skills include Algebra, Coin Math, Bills and Coins, Freddy Fraction, Count Coins, Apples in Hour Hands, Little Matchups Count Money, Pizza Fractions, States N Capitals, Capitals, Math Stripes, and Grammar Up.  If you have an ipod, check out these apps.  They are all free!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Fillmore County Hospital Progress

The signs are evidence that progress continues at the new Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva.  Outside the helicopter pad is ready, landscaping is complete and the new exterior signs are being completed.  The glass for the doorways is being installed and finish work continues inside.  The hospital expects to open its doors on March first, three months ahead of schedule.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

May your holiday season be filled with 
peace and goodwill.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Exeter Public Library New Books

What's New At Exeter Public Library

For Adults:
Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
The Drop by Michael Connelly
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross
'V' is for Vengeance  by Sue Grafton
Snow Angels by Glenn Beck
Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Locked On by Tom Clancy
Red Mist by Particia Cornwell
The Sisters by Nancy Jensen
Vigilante by Stephen J. Cannell
The Bone House by Brian Freeman
Iron House by John Hart

For Kids
Freak the Mighty
Fourth Grade Rats
Dinosaurs Love Underpants
I Spy Christmas
The Sweet Smell of Christmas
Up on the Housetop
Merry Christmas, Ollie!
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011

Exeter-Milligan JV Successful on Court

Exeter-Milligan JV played in a tournament held at Meridian school.
The team beat Lewiston, and then Deshler to win first place in the tournament.
Pictured (back-left to right) Meredith Emshoff, Maitlyn Thomsen, Madison Horne.
(middle row) Kim Ruhl, Kylie Briske, Erica Yound, Amber Pribyl
(front row) Logan Zeleny, Brooke Manning and Coach Miss Casey Pohl
The team also took first place Dec. 10th at the Giltner JV Tournament

Exeter Senior Center Holiday Program

Helen Johnson a local artist from Geneva did a wonderful holiday musical program for those who attended lunch at the Exeter Senior Center on Tuesday.  She sang a variety of holiday songs

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Preschool Program

The Exeter-Milligan Preschool Class with their Santa masks on.

The Exeter-Milligan Preschool Class from the left Truman Milton, Aidan Vavra, Mikey Bartu, Brett Kallhoff, Katherine Hale, Kaylie Schlueter, Emma Christensen and Taylin Schluter.

The Exeter-Milligan Preschool class performed for their families on Thursday morning.  The preschoolers used their jingle bells to perform "Jingle Bells" and then did a snowman and snowlady song before donning their Santa masks and telling the crowd, "Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas."  After performing they enjoyed snacks and then had a surprise visit from T-Magic, the Exeter-Milligan Timberwolf.  

Brett Kallhoff is happy to see T-Magic at the Exeter-Milligan Preschool party.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Exeter's Decorated Up for Christmas

I don't think there is any amount of fog that this Rudolph couldn't guide Santa's sleigh through.  This giant reindeer was made by Norm Bristol and can be seen in his yard in Exeter.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Exeter Decorates for Christmas

 This nativity scene created by Norm Yound of Exeter sits right outside the Exeter United Church of Christ to remind the community of the reason behind the season.

Deer grazing in the yard at Sterling and Sharon Dyer's home have even changed their accessories to reflect the season.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

All-Area Teams Announced

The York News Times announced their All-Area Teams recently with Exeter-Milligan represented well.

In Football, Sophomore Nolan White was chosen as a co-captain leading the pack in passing yards and third in total yards.  He also led the pack in tackles.

Sophomore James Sluka was also chosen for the first team and was fifth in receiving yards in the area.

Junior Robbie Androyna was also chosen for the first team.

In Volleyball, Senior Claire White was chosen as a co-captain for the first team along with Taylor Erdkamp.  Jackie Luzum was also chosen for the first team.  White was second highest in the area for kills, third for digs and fourth for blocks.  Erdkamp was was second in set assists.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Update: Art Classes

Exeter-Milligan High School Art – by Mrs. Jill Shipley

The Art I classes are currently working on making a slab mug with a pulled handle.
They have already completed other clay works such as a coil pot, and slab pot with a lid.   They have been learning different clay terms also.

The Art II class has just completed their Pop Art painting.  They learned
about the Pop Art Movement and then compiled their own creation using popular images.

The Art III class has begun working in clay also and they are completing a slab pot and a functional teapot.

Congratulations to Exeter-Milligan Volleyball Members

The Omaha World Herald announced their All-State first and second team and Exeter-Milligan students appeared on the list.

Claire White, Senior, was chosen for the first team along with Junior Taylor Erdkamp.  White notched 332 kills, 45 ace serves and 53 blocks for the team this year.  Erdkamp made the books with a setting assist percentage of 97%.
Honorable mentions went to Juniors Jackie Luzum, Megan Zwickl, and Jennifer Pribyl and Sophomore Erica Yound.

Congratulations Lady Timberwolves on a wonderful season!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Exeter Scouts Make Crafts for Holidays

Alec Schlueter, Marcus Krupicka, Ben Bartu and Braden Capek show off some of the vases that they made at Cub Scouts.  They are the wolf and tiger den in Pack 218. All of the scouts made some trees for the Exeter Care Center and also made wreath ornaments to take home.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Crocheted Pieces Featured in Display Case at Exeter Village Office

 This snowman crocheted by Marcy Manwarren sits in his box waiting to be added to the display case at the Exeter Village Office/Library.

Marcy Manwarren loads the display case at the Exeter Village Office/Library with her beautiful handmade Christmas decorations.  Her crocheted white holiday express train is featured along with holiday bells, snowflakes and other items.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Exeter-Milligan First Graders DEAR

Evelyn Michl and Morgan White read together
Marcus Krupicka reads to Elaine Krejci
Cecelia Murphy reads to Marion Geiger and Alva Smith

 Darlene Becker and Doris Hall listen to Cade Kresak read.

Bernie Larsen and Brianna Wiederspan share a book.
Erma Adamson and Gabe Jindra sit together and read.
Louise Hall and Olivea Swanson read together.

DEAR?  What's DEAR? Well, it's Drop Everything And Read.

Exeter-Milligan first graders are busy practicing DEAR and took their practice downtown this week to the Exeter Senior Center.

Area Senior Center members came downtown to listen to the students read.  The eight first graders had plenty of volunteers who wanted to hear them read.

Teacher Sharon Lott has been wanting to do this program with the senior center since last year and was excited to implement the program, "It gives the students more opportunities to practice their reading. It is a nice way to share with members of the community what we are learning at school. We work with the six pillars of Character counts and this is a way to reinforce three of them-- respect, caring, citizenship."

Lott hopes to make the excursion to the Exeter Senior Center once a month and plans to expand the program to include the Senior Center members sharing their life experiences with the first graders and also doing some crafts together.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Exeter Milligan Elementary Program

Mrs. Murphy directs the sixth grade band.
Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten, First and Second Graders rock out when singing We Will Jingle" at their Christmas program.
The Exeter-Milligan fourth grade Elves finished their Santa's Elves number in style.

The Exeter-Milligan third graders decorated their own trees to accompany their singing of "O Christmas Tree." 

The Exeter-Milligan Elementary Spent over an hour entertaining the large crowd at their Christmas Program Tuesday evening under the direction of Mrs. Angie Murphy.
The fifth grade band opened the evening with "Christmas Fun" a medley of bits of familiar holiday tunes.  The sixth grade band performed "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" before the fifth and sixth graders to perform two numbers including "Christmas Cheer" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."
Taking the stage were the Kindergarten, first and second graders who stomped their way through "We Will Jingle."  The Kindergarten and first graders performed "Christmas is Coming" and "Decorate the Tree" together before the second graders sang "Somewhere in My Memory" and "Santa Claus Is On His Way."
Together the three younger grades sang "Santa Surprise!" and "Must Be Santa" where they recognized some of Santa's special features.
The sixth grade class were accompanied by the third, fourth and fifth graders to present the musical "This is Your Life, Santa Claus!" with announcer Travis Gilliam. The remake of the popular television show was hosted by Ralph Ledwards (also known as Patrick Murphy).
Together the group sang "Christmas On the Air" and after Santa (Eric Olsen) identified his elf, Marti, in the "mystery booth," the fourth grade along with Marti (played by Alexis Uldrich) sang "Santa's Elves."
Santa's next mystery guest was his tour guide Bridgette, played by Hannah Beethe, and together Santa, Ledwards, and Bridgette and the chorus sang about Santa's after Christmas vacation spot, "Christmas on the Isthmus of Panama." Santa also identified his sister (Vicki Androyna), his mother (Kelsey Bigelow) and his father (Seth Maxson).
The third grade class had each decorated their own giant Christmas trees which they displayed as they sang "O Christmas Tree" before Santa had to identify a few of his Hip-Hop Reindeer, Blitzen (Joey Bartu), Vixen (Hannah Horne) and Dasher (Janey Erdkamp).  Together, Santa's reindeer and the fifth grade reindeer sang "Hip-Hop Reindeer."
During the commercial break the fourth grade class played "Sleigh BAG" on their recorders before Act II started with Sally Lou (Kaitlyn Vavra), Cindy (Josie Hulse) and Sid (Claire Mounce). The three "children" Santa was able to identify just by their voices and their wish lists.  They gave Santa their written lists before singing "My Christmas List" with the chorus.
After Santa recalled the name of his elementary teacher, Mrs. Davenport (Tara Mueller) she directed the chorus of third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders in singing "Angels on the Midnight Clear" before joining Rudy, the tailor (Derek Axline) in singing "Santa Claus, Santa Claus" while trying to measure Santa for his ever growing larger red pants.
The final mystery guest for Santa, was Mrs. Santa (Katie Mounce). To end the evening the chorus sang "Decorate the Halls!" before the audience was dismissed to enjoy a Christmas Tea in the cafeteria sponsored by the Exeter-Milligan Booster Club.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Exeter United Church of Christ Holds Holiday Bake Sale

Women from the community enjoy the time of fellowship at the bake sale.

 Lois Ann Kuska (far left), and Doris Hall (middle), help Elaine Krejci enter the quilt raffle at the Exeter UCC Holiday Bake Sale.

Sisters Pat Mathiesen (left) and Kay Betka (right) worked hosting the holiday refreshments at the UCC Bake sale.

Cindy Carrigan adds up Marion Geiger's purchases at the bake sale.

The Exeter United Church of Christ held its annual Holiday Bake Sale and Quilt Raffle on Monday afternoon due to the predicted weather on Saturday

Friday, December 9, 2011

Santa to Visit Exeter on Sunday

Exeter residents - Santa will be at the Exeter American Legion Home on SUNDAY, December 11th from 2:30- 3:30 pm ONLY.  Santa will just be stopping by for an hour so make sure you get your visit in. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Update: Students Make Pinatas

by Taylor Erdkamp & Megan Zwickl/Student Reporters

On December 2nd both Spanish classes at Exeter-Milligan High School started making miniature star pinatas. We learned how to create these by watching a video provided by Miss Elizabeth Rios, our Spanish teacher, and then following the multiple steps. First we started by covering a styrofoam ball with multiple strips of colored streamers, next we made metallic cones with tissue paper fringe to put on the ball. Then we put them together with toothpicks and finished them with decorative beads and confetti. We had fun making them and enjoy projects that we can use our hands. We plan to hang them throughout our Spanish classroom to decorate for the upcoming Holiday season.  

pictured are:
Front - Robbie Androyna
Middle - Taylor Erdkamp, Jennifer Pribyl, Claire White, Megan Zwickl
Back - Elly Korbelik, Alicia Bigelow, Megan Waldron, Jacob Kroll, Jackie Luzum and Brady Bristol


Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Exeter's first measurable snowfall of the season fell over the weekend.  Here are some photos of the snow and ice in the area: