Saturday, November 26, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Update: Industrial Arts Classes

As a fall project, Mr. Dean Filipi’s Industrial Arts classes at Exeter-Milligan have been working on a storage shed.  Sam Zeleny, Spencer Papik,  Johnathon Mounce, and Jack Dinneen  mix cement for the floor, which is then transported by wheel barrel to be poured.  Spencer Papik dumps a load of cement while Jesse Hall, Huntington Trauger and Robert Harre spread the cement to form the floor.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Family Fun Four Wheeler Style


One of this year's racing plaques with the picture of the 2010 Most Popular Rider Kip Steuben shown.

Bailey Steuben races her way through an off-road course during an IHS race.

Brock Steuben races his way through an off-road course during an IHS race.

When the Kip and Laura Steuben family of MIlligan began riding their four wheelers at local motocross courses as a hobby little did they know where their hobby would take them.

They met other quad fans and from them learned about the Iowa Hare Scramble Series. In 2008 they took the plunge and got serious about their hobby, joining the IHSS along with their three children.

In the IHSS there are seven races in a series which are held all over Iowa from April until October. “We race once each month over a weekend with each month at a different location which is all private land that the series has worked out permission to use it, “according to Laura.

All of the family members race in a variety of events. The kids race 70cc and 90cc quads on three mile through trees, terrain and fields for about 45 minutes. The adults average about 6 miles with a two hour race. According to Laura, “It’s a lot harder than it looks. There are a lot of hills and creek crossing. It’s not uncommon to hit trees.”
This year, the youngest Steuben, Brock, a third grader at Exeter-Milligan, won the Series Championship in his class.

Brock races a 70 production class four-wheeler and had three first place finishes this year in the seven races. He placed in every race which gave him the points lead for the championship. He will receive his championship hardware in January at the IHSS banquet.

Sister Bailey, a seventh grader at Exeter-Milligan, also races and placed fourth in her division this year. She races in the 90 cc division. In 2009 Kip and Laura won the UTV limited championship. In 2009 Brock won the peer voted on most popular youth rider and his picture was featured on the 2010 award plaques. In 2010 Kip was voted the most popular rider and many of Brock’s plaques feature his Dad’s photo.

It has become so much more to the Steuben’s than just a hobby, they have extended their family to include many of the other race families, “It is an expensive hobby but for us this is our family thing. We don’t do a big vacation so it’s like seven mini-vacations throughout the year where we get to camp and race.”

The Steuben's have sponsors and feature some of their logos on their equipment. But more important to Brock, it’s about, “Just racing, having fun.”

This year his favorite course, “was the last, Carlisle, Iowa. The track is fast and wide. I would rather run fast than go through rough terrain,” explained Brock. Next year Brock will move up to the 90cc production class. He nodded when asked if he needed a little more challenge. His brother, Blake, a fifth grader at Exeter-Milligan took a break from racing after the first race but plans on reentering the series next year.

Laura claims, “I love to watch the race but I don’t. There are some things that happen out there that I’m glad I don’t see.” Of course, everyone wears protective gear which includes helmet, chest protector, boots, gloves, neck brace (not required), and long socks, but according to Brock, “There are dangers, the bumps can flip you off and you can get hurt.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves Football Players Honored

Exeter-Milligan football players were honored as members of D2-3 District Team

1st Team Offense

QB Nolan White
RB James Sluka
OL Garrett Pribyl
E  Blake Mark

1st Team Defense

DL Blake Papik
LB/DB  Nolan White
             Robbie Androyna
             James Sluka

2nd Team Offense

RB   Robbie Androyna
OL   Blake Papik

2nd Team Defense

DL   Blake Mark

1st Team Special Teams
Returner   James Sluka

2nd Team Special Teams
Punter  Nolan White

Honorable Mention offense

Nathan Bigelow

Honorable Mention defense

Kyle Jensen

Exeter United Methodist Women Hold Cookie Walk

Frances Becwar ponders the vast array of cookies at the Exeter United Methodist Cookie Walk and Dried Fruit and Nut Sale.

The Exeter United Methodist Women held their annual Cookie Walk and Dried Fruit and Nut Sale last week.  Customers enjoy choosing cookies and then enjoy free refreshments along with some wonderful fellowship.  Here enjoying some visiting time clockwise from the middle left Shirley Taylor, Darlene Becker, Jo Koca and Rose Filipi.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Volleyball Team Honors

Crossroads Conference Honors:

First Team: Claire White, Taylor Erdkamp and Jackie Luzum,
Honorable Mention: Megan Zwickl and Jennifer Pribyl


 Pictured from the left are Janey Erdkamp, Katilyn Vavra, Hannah Beethe, Tara Mueller, and Macy Due at their Bronze Award Ceremony.

Hannah Beethe, Macy Due, Janey Erdkamp, Josie Hulse, Tara Mueller, and Kailtlyn Vavra, the Girl Scouts in Troop 390, in Exeter, NE completed the requirements for a Junior Girl Scout’s highest award, the Girl Scout Bronze Award in June of 2011.  A recognition ceremony was held for them on October 23, 2011 at the Exeter Fire Hall with their families, principal, and teachers invited to help them celebrate.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award recognizes a girl’s commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. Each of these girls has achieved the high ideals and goals expressed by Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scout movement in 1912.  To earn the Bronze Award each girl needed to complete a Journey book and volunteer at least 20 hours on a service project for the Exeter community.
This Girl Scout troop began working toward their Girl Scout Bronze Award in September, 2010 and finished in June, 2011.  To earn the award, they had to design and carry out activities to show their promise to help others, improve their community and world, and become the best they could be.  To complete the requirement for volunteer community service, the girls volunteered at Lori Ruhl Walford’s benefit which was held in the Exeter-Milligan Public School gym.  They also planned, donated, purchased, prepared, and delivered complete homemade meals to five families in the Exeter community that were dealing with cancer.  This project was one they decided as a group that they were interested in working on together.
The girls are all students of Exeter-Milligan Public School.  Due is currently a 5th grader and Beethe, Erdkamp, Hulse, Mueller, and Vavra are 6th graders.  Macy’s parents are Travis and Sherri Due of Cordova.  Josie’s parents are Roxy Hulse of Exeter and Billie Hulse of York.  Hannah’s parents are Mark and Jane Beethe; Janey’s parents are Paul and Becky Erdkamp; and Tara’s parents are John and Anita Mueller all of Exeter.  Kaitlyn’s parents are Alan and Carrie Vavra of Milligan. 

New Books at Exeter Public Library

What's New At Exeter Public Library

For Adults:
Bonnie by Iris Johansen
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks-Large Print
Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
The Litagators by John Grisham
Zero Day by David Baldacci
Shock Wave by John Sandford
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
Lost December by Richard Paul Evans
Hotel Vendome by Danielle Steel

The Exeter Post 218 Service Record Book compiled by Leesa Bartu is now at the library for everyone to see.

For Young Adults:
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

For Kids:
If You Give a Dog a Donut
Run, Turkey, Run

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Exeter Milligan Update: Christmas Program

The Exeter-Milligan sixth grade class has been busy preparing for this year's program called "This Is Your Life, Santa Claus!"  The concert will be held on Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Exeter site gymnasium.  All elementary students will be performing during the concert, beginning with the fifth and sixth grade bands.  They will be followed by the kindergarten, first, and second grade classes.  The musical will end the evening. It will feature the third, fourth, and fifth grade classes each on their own song.  The sixth grade students have all of the character parts and even a few solos.  Many sixth grade students also have additional duties in the production of the show.  Piano solos will begin the evening at around 6:35. Please mark your calendars now and join us for an evening of fun music!

Pictured in partial costume (L-R):   Row 1 - Hannah Beethe, Hannah Horne, Kaitlyn Vavra, Claire Mounce, Seth Maxson, Travis Gilliam; Row 2 - Kelsey Bigelow, Eric Olsen, Katie Mounce, Joey Bartu, Patrick Murphy; Row 3 - Derek Axline, Alexis Uldrich, Tara Mueller, Josie Hulse, Janey Erdkamp, Vicki Androyna