Thursday, June 23, 2011

Exeter Scouts Enjoy Summer Activities

Exeter Cub Scouts have filled their empty summer days with lots of fun activities and service projects the last few weeks.
Several of the scouts volunteered for Bingo at the Exeter Care Center and also helped lead a Flag Day program at the Care Center.  They put flags up in downtown Exeter for Flag Day as well.
During the week the scouts met for an afternoon session at the library and learned from Assistant Librarian Jessica Votipka how the library is organized.  They explored the library's computer check out system and also looked up a book using the Dewey Decimal System. 
While they were at the library they helped with a recycling project and did a little clean up at Storybook Park.
The weekend found the pack headed for a campout at Lone Star NRD facility.  The scouts played flag football, made father's day gifts and pool noodle swords before they cooked hot dogs for supper.
They boys did several skits for their families around the campfire before they enjoyed some s'mores.  Despite a late night storm that dumped an inch of rain sending everyone to their vehicles, the boys enjoyed the event.  They spent Saturday fishing and enjoying lunch before heading home to clean up the mud on their gear.
Cub Scouts from Friend and Exeter enjoyed a day living like Tom Sawyer at the Crete Youth Cabin near Crete.
The boys got to hike along the Blue River, make rafts like Tom Sawyer used and race them, and make their own jump rope.
Richard Brunkow, of Milligan, brought his rope making equipment and each of the boys got to make a 12 foot piece of rope.  The boys enjoyed lassoing tree branches and other objects throughout the camp.
The scouts started their Leave No Trace badge and practiced picking up the trash and sticks in the camp before leaving. They also earned the Photography Belt, learning about how photos take a roll in communication and history. They learned the parts of a camera and methods for taking better photos.
During the afternoon session the scouts played ultimate frisbee and shot bb guns, earning two more belt loops. Also participating in the day camp were scouts from Utica, Crete, Wilber, Claytonia and Fairbury
Five Boy Scouts from Friend Troop 270 helped at each station throughout the day.

Clint Oldehoeft tightens a nut on his Father's Day Hat Holder project while Peytan Brandt works on his pool noodle sword.

 Braden Capek cuts off a piece of pvc pipe for a pool noodle sword with the help of Dean Bartu.  Ben Bartu looks on in the background.

 The Exeter Cub Scouts learn about the Dewey Decimal System from Assistant Librarian Jessica Votipka.  The are pictured from the left Jackson Beethe, Clint Oldehoeft, Votipka, Ben Bartu, Cayden Hartmann, Briana Capek and Braden Capek.

Exeter Scouts learn about the computer check out system the library uses from Assistant Librarian Jessica Votipka.  The scouts are pictured from left to right Clint Oldehoeft, Jackson Beethe, Braden Capek, Cayden Hartmann and Ben Bartu.

 Richard Brunkow makes rope with scouts from Wilber and Claytonia at the Prairie Winds Tom Sawyer Cub Scout Daycamp.

Friend Cub Master Robert Vickery assists Keegan Newsome while Friend Troop 270 Boy Scouts Joey Bartu and Liam Noel run the BB gun station at the day camp. Liam is helping Cub Scout Ben Bartu.
 Friend Pack 270 Cub Scout Micah Noel (left) races Exeter Pack 218 Cub Scout Braden Capek with the Tom Sawyer rafts they made during daycamp.

 Bear Scout Jackson Beethe helps a resident with Bingo.

Wolf Scout Ben Bartu calls Bingo at the Exeter Care Center.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Student Places at Hershey Track Meet

Trystan Brandt, son of Roger and Dianne Brandt of Exeter, received second place in the 200m dash and third place in the 100 m dash for the 11-12 year old division at the Hershey Track and Field State Finals held at Grand Island on June 11.  He qualified to attend the meet after receiving first place in the 100m dash and second place in the 200m dash at the District meet held at York in May. Trystan will be a seventh grader at Exeter-Milligan in the fall.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Flooding near Brownville, Nebraska

 Sunday afternoon the DOR closed the bridge across the Missouri River at Brownsville. The lower side of the town has quite a bit of flooding.

 Water spilling over the levee at Brownville on the east side of the bridge (Missouri side).

The Mighty Mo way out of it's banks.

Exeter Public Library Purchases New Computer

Assistant Librarian Jessica Votipka shows off the new patron computer at Exeter Public Library.

The Exeter Public Library recently purchased a new desktop computer for the use of it's patrons. 
The Library Board had been researching a new computer system for patron use and when the old one stopped working they sped up the process for purchasing a new internet computer.
The same internet policies will be in place on the new internet computer however, Assistant Librarian Jessica Votipka noted that "the new computer has Windows 7 and is noticeably faster at navigating the web."
Internet Computer policy set by the Library Board makes the computer available for patrons to search online but does not allow them to check email or to log into social networking sites. Librarian Nina Bartu reminds patrons that, "The library has the computer for informational use. It's an additional informational tool for our patrons."
Patrons are also able to burn a DVD on the new computer but only if the blank DVD is purchased from the library to ensure the computer stays virus free. Children under 10 can only use the computer if an adult is with them to supervise use.
The new computer will be purchased with memorial funds that were given to the library without designations. The Exeter Public Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and closed over the noon hour.  The library is also open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.