Friday, March 11, 2011

Ready to deliver meals to five different families in Exeter who have been affected by cancer are the Girl Scouts in Troop 390.  The are pictured front row from the left, Macy Due, Janey Erdkamp, Josie Hulse, Kaitlyn Vavra, and back row from the left are Hannah Beethe and Tara Mueller.

Exeter Girl Scout Troop 390 decided to bake up a storm on Thursday afternoon to help complete a badge that started with the power of one and helped them grow to learn about the power of a community.
The girls, fourth and fifth graders at Exeter-Milligan gathered on Thursday afternoon to make meals for families in town who have recently been affected by cancer.
The Junior Girl Scouts brainstormed looking for a project to finish their Junior Journey Award, Agent of Change.  The badge starts with a small circle to represent the power of one. The next level of the badge is a small ring around which represents the power of a team and the final part of the badge is the power of the community.
As the group pondered some options for this final section of their badge they thought of those in the community who are dealing with cancer. Fifth grader Janey Erdkamp expressed what the group felt, "We thought it would be good because we all like to cook and we thought it was a good idea."
So with an early out at school on Thursday they decided to use the home ec room at school to prepare their dishes.  Also in fifth grade, Kaitlyn Vavra explained their menu, "We put out a lot of ideas but we all like Italian so we thought that would work well."
The started with baking homemade chocolate chip cookies, planning to make a dozen for each family.  They also made lasagna, garlic bread and added a bag of salad to each box.
After the meals were cooked and boxed the girls took the opportunity to visit the families and deliver a hot homemade supper along with a smile and the knowledge of how they can help a whole community.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Exeter-Milligan School Update: Elementary Spring Concert Coming March 22

"Get Goin' Green" will be presented by the Exeter-Milligan elementary students on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milligan Gymnasium.  The K-6 students will sing many eco-friendly songs.  The 5th and 6th grade bands will each perform.  The 4th grade class will play the recorders and the 3rd grade class will play the boomwhackers.  Please join us for an evening of upbeat, exciting music that encourages you to take care of our planet!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Update - Physics

The Second Annual Exeter-Milligan Physics Class Race and Crash Challenge was a "smashing" success.

 Amanda Dineen and Heather Pribyl test their car while Tyler Manning prepares his.

Front - Amanda Dineen and Heather Pribyl.  Back - Becca Vossler, Tyler Manning, Zac Jensen and
Quinten Loontjer

Students in Ms. Sliefert's Physics class had to design and build a car for both speed and crashworthiness using the supplied wheels and only 3 sheets of paper. Cars could not have a mass more than 30 grams. and could not have a width larger than 6.5 cm. On race day students determined whose car was the fastest.
Heather's car left everyone in the dust. On Crash Day, students had to put an egg in their car. The cars had to be designed in such a way that when it hit a hall the egg still survived. Amanda's egg was the sole survivor. Everyone seemed to enjoy the Challenge.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Update: Mrs. Myers' Reading Group

The Knights and Princesses of the Reading Table (Mrs. Kara
Myers reading group at Exeter-Milligan) continue to
"battle" their reading foes.  Everyday is packed full of
reading increasingly difficult words and building our
reading fluency so we can take on the next reading check-out
"dragon".  As of today, they have mastered 18
"duels" with such dragons (check-outs).  Some have been
difficult, but this tough bunch has persevered and won the
battle.  We don't only focus on reading either!  They have
been hard at work learning such things as writing complete
sentences and using a capital and period, analogies, and
synonyms.  They are always looking forward to their next

Caption for picture:  Mrs. Myers' reading group Knights
and Princesses sitting in front of the cave that holds their
next reading "dragon".  From left to right: Cece Murphy,
Becca Krupicka, Casey Underwood, Alec Schlueter, and
Christopher Kelch.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Update: Spring Elementary Concert Rescheduled

The Exeter-Milligan Spring Elementary Concert scheduled for March 8th at 7 p.m. has been moved to:

Thursday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Milligan

Fillmore County Replacement Facility Construction Update

 Panels like this one are being trucked in on a daily basis and progress placing them is going very quickly.

As you can see from this photo a good deal of the hospital has the exterior in place and they are working around the back side.  There is a crane in the back that lifts the poured wall piece in place and then a welder works to attach the piece to the steel beam structure.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Exeter Red Cross Bloodmobile Meets Donation Goals

"The weather wasn't nice but we had a good day with a steady flow of people," according to Doris Hall one of the organizers behind Friday's American Red Cross Bloodmobile.
There were 34 pints of blood received which was more than their goal.  Bonnie Cudaback received her one gallon pin, John Mueller, Robert Rhodes and Bob Ruhl all received their two gallon pin, Don Bristol received his five gallon pin and Ed Mark received his six gallon pin.
There were three donors who qualified to take the opportunity to give using the double red process which allows the donor to donate double the red blood cells. A special machine is used which extracts the red blood cells from the blood and returns the platelets and plasma back to the donor.
Two new donors to the Exeter Bloodmobile were Nolan Beatham and Shellie Olsen.
It takes many volunteers to help the event go smoothly.  Lunch was served by the UCC Church. Sharon Dyer and Barb Jansen provided cookies while Mary Wince provided the juice.  Workers at the event were Elva McBride, Doris Hall, Shirley Janes and Alice Hall.  Those who helped unload and load all the equipment were Alva Smith, Adam Erdkamp and Warren Hall.
The next American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be April 22nd in Fairmont from 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.