Saturday, February 12, 2011

Exeter Chamber Pancake Feed Fills Them Up!

Mmm. . . hot fresh pancakes and sausages were all you needed to warm up on a cold night. The Exeter Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual pancake feed on Wednesday evening at the American Legion Home.  A large crowd came out for the free meal served by members of the chamber but there was plenty for everyone.

The serving line crew Chamber members from the left are Alan Vavra, Greg Yound and Dave Manwarren.
 Dave Manwarren flipped the pancakes during the free Exeter Chamber of Commerce Pancake feed.

 Even these guys got full at the Exeter Pancake feed.  They are pictured from the left, Devin Sheffield, Blake Papik, Alex Benorden and Huntington Trauger.

Judy Votipka helps Kierra Papik cut up her plate of pancakes.
Brooklyn Oldehoeft is all ready to get sticky with her pancakes.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Exeter Resident Shares Hunting Experience in Book

History has been a large part of Lonnie Shafer’s life as a newly retired High School history teacher. The long time Exeter-Milligan teacher and track coach has recently delved into history in his own life and the history of pheasant hunting in Nebraska with the publication of an almanac of Nebraska pheasant hunting.

“I was looking for something to do and wondered what pheasant season was like when I was a kid. I contacted several people looking for a collection of information but found that the information was scattered, there was no collection,” said Shafer.

What started as a time filler ended up consuming the greater part of two years for Shafer. He ended up “collecting the history of 84 seasons of pheasant hunting in Nebraska and supplemented with information I gathered from the seasons and my own personal data from 55 years of hunting,” explained Shafer.
With this information he created “Shafer’s Nebraska Pheasant Hunting Almanac” subtitled “1911 - 2011 Nebraska’s Pheasantenniel.”

He started with two great resources, Dr. Jeffrey Lusk, Upland Gaming Program Manager for Nebraska Game and Parks and Jon Farrar senior editor of NEBRASKAland Magazine. Shafer also turned to the Nebraska State Historical Library for some of his information.

“I called it at almanac, I'm not a great writer, I’m a compiler,” said Shafer. “Being a history teacher helped too, I had to do a lot of writing and research in getting my Master’s Degree and that was beneficial to me in this project.”

When he discovered through his research that the pheasant was introduced into the state by legislation of appropriated funds in 1911 he realized that 2011 would be the 100th anniversary of pheasants in Nebraska and decided to pursue writing a collection of all the information he was compiling into an Almanac format to release in time for the 100th anniversary.

Shafer divided the Almanac into sections starting with the history of pheasants in Nebraska and dividing the next 10 sections of the book reviewing a decade of hunting seasons per section including a map of the state which shows the counties where hunting was legal, opening and closing days and starting in the mid-1950’s Shafer records estimated harvests, estimated hunters and estimated days hunting.

Not only does the book open a window to the world of pheasant hunting in Nebraska it also encourages responsible hunting. Shafer shares the details of youth hunting opportunities and how it has become a family opportunity. His father, who the book is dedicated to, shared his love of hunting with him and now he has shared it with his sons. His son, Jeff, of York, is now his primary hunting companion along with their other hunting companions, their dogs.

Peppered through each section are Shafer’s own personal hunting photos and memories. He also shares some of his recipes citing one of his wife’s favorite sayings, “You shoot it, you clean it, you cook it.”
The almanac is chock full of interesting information about pheasants, their coloration, their habitats and their lifestyle. Shafer also shares many excerpts from his own hunting diary and experiences making the book very readable for the non-hunter as well.

Shafer recently donated a copy of his book to the Exeter Public Library and the Exeter-Milligan school library. He introduced the book at the recent Pheasant Fest in Omaha during the last weekend in January. This is the National Convention for Pheasants Forever drawing in a crowd of about 21,000 visitors. Shafer’s book is available in color for $30 and $15 for black and white. He can be contacted for purchase by calling 402-266-4401 or by email at

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Death Notice John Coffey

John J.Coffey
Age 55 of Columbus Nebraska

Born to
Leonard & Rita ( Harre ) Coffey August 27,1955 Friend, Nebraska
died in Columbus on Wednesday February 9, 2011
Survivors include:
Reta Mae Coffey Exeter, NE
Richard & wife Barbara Coffey - Beaver Crossing,NE
Robert & Peggy Coffey Grand Island, NE
Sylvia & husband Ernest Christensen Columbus,NE
Jeanette & husband Raymond Franzen Exeter,NE
Nieces & Nephews
Services 10:30 a.m., Monday St. Stephen's Catholic Church
Exeter, Nebraska
Visitation from 1 p.m until 8 p.m., Sunday at the Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter
10:00 a.m. Monday, before the mass at the St. Stephen's
Catholic Church in Exeter
Memorials in care of the family
Exeter Cemetery

Officiating is Father Tom Kuffel

Did you know it was 4-H Month?

Clover News and Notes
Lyndsey Pohlmeier
UNL Extension Assistant, Fillmore County

February is Nebraska 4-H Month
Did you know that 4-H can be found in all 93 Nebraska counties?  Did you know that one out of every three youth in Nebraska is involved in 4-H through school enrichment, traditional clubs, afterschool programs or camps?  Did you know the month of February is Nebraska 4-H Month?  4-H’ers are “Taking the Lead” and spreading the word about 4-H throughout the month.   Celebrations will occur through school visits, community promotion and at our annual 4-H Kickoff Party.    
4-H’ers can celebrate 4-H by recruiting new members, wearing their 4-H shirt to school, telling friends about 4-H, or doing community service projects in the community. Another way to celebrate is to participate in the 4-H Food Drive Challenge.  The 4-H club and the independent family that collects the most food, in pounds, will win a pizza party for their club or family.   During the month of February clubs can bring non-perishable foods to the Extension Office to be weighed and donated.  Each 4-H Club or family will be credited with the number of pounds donated. 
Finally, we’ll cap off the month with the 2011 4-H Kickoff Party on February 27th at 5:00 PM in Ag Hall.  The evening will feature 4-H booths, a community service opportunity, adult/volunteer training, and lots of 4-H fun! 
February is a busy month for Fillmore County 4-H.  Get into the action by taking part in one of the many events. For more information about 4-H in Nebraska or Fillmore County, visit our website or call 759-3712.

4-H Dates & Events
February 5: Beef Weigh-In, 8-10:30 AM, Geneva Vet Clinic
February 27: 4-H Kick-Off Party, 5 PM, Ag Hall
February 28: Adopt a Bear Workshop, 3:45-5:00 PM, Shickley Public Library

Exeter-Milligan School Update - Social Sciences

Mr. Brian Murphy's social sciences classes at
Exeter-Milligan High School are studying a variety of topics
this semester.  As the school year has progressed technology
has continued to be integrated into the classroom.  The use
of the Smart Board and projects and reviews on the computer
give students a variety of learning experiences.  During
most class periods, discussion takes place about current
events and how those events may impact them. 

After learning about ancient civilizations during the first
semester, seventh grade switched over to learning Civics
this semester.  In eighth grade history, the class will be
using computers and other technology to make electronic
newspapers about westward expansion in the U.S.  The class
will cover the Civil War before studying Nebraska History at
the end of the year.  During the second semester in World
Geography, students will learn about countries on other
continents.  An emphasis is placed on locating countries and
cities on a map.  American History will be covering World
War II until present time.  World History is currently
learning about the Industrial Revolution.  During the
remainder of World History time will be spent on World War
I, World War II, the Cold War, and current world issues. 

Pictures is the World History class in front of the Smart
Board. Standing from left to right: Meghan Miller, Jen
Pribyl, Megan Waldron, Ashley Miller,
Blake Papik. Sitting Preston Motis, Alicia Bigelow, Taylor
Elly Korbelik.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Exeter Chamber of Commerce FREE Pancake Feed 5 - 7 p.m. TONIGHT

Please come to the Exeter Chamber of Commerce FREE Pancake Feed tonight, Wednesday, Feb 9 serving from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Exeter American Legion Home.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Exeter Scouts See the Stars

 Exeter Cub Scouts attended the Lincoln Stars game Friday night as part of the "Scout Night with the Stars." They are pictured front row from the left Clint Oldehoeft, Alec Schlueter, Braden Capek and Ben Bartu.  Back row from the left are Joey Bartu, Eric Olsen and Jackson Beethe.

 Eric Olsen receives an autograph from Lincoln Star #24 Jared Hanson.

Ben Bartu receives an autograph from Lincoln Star #9 John McCarron.
The Lincoln Stars put on a show Friday night for over 1000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and their family members who joined the crowd at the Icebox in Lincoln.
The annual event "Scout Night with the Stars" brings together scouts from all over the state to enjoy an evening of hockey and interaction with the players.
The Stars made the evening an exciting one as they met up with the Sioux Falls Stampede.  At the end of regulation play the scored was tied 1 - 1. Overtime was just seconds away from ending when The Ice Box exploded as the Stars scored a goal to end the sudden death overtime and claim the win.
After the game the Scouts in uniform were invited on the ice with their families for an autograph and photo session with the players.  The Scouts visited as many players as they liked asking for autographs on playing cards, posters and other hockey paraphernalia.

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Books at the Exeter Public Library

What's New At Exeter Public Library

For Adults:
Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
The Sentry by Robert Crais
Damage by John Lescroart
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Strategic Moves by Stuart Woods
Tick Tock by James Patterson
Judas Gate by Jack Higgins
Nebraska Pheasant Hunting Almanac by Exeter's own Lonnie Shafer

For Kids:
Fancy Nancy-Heart to Heart
Happy Valentines Day, Mouse!