Saturday, May 7, 2016

Exeter-Milligan Athletic Banquet

 Spencer Pribyl (left) and Katherine White received the Bill Fitzgerald Rookie of the year trophies.
Above -  Exeter-Milligan seniors Sam Zeleny (left) and Marissa Howard with their bling from the athletic banquet.
Below – Sam Zeleny (left), Marissa Howard (middle) and Kelsey Bigelow (right) with some of the hardware their received and the Exeter-Milligan Athletic Banquet.

Exeter-Milligan junior and senior high students along with their parents flocked to the Exeter gym on Tuesday, April 26th for the annual Athletic Banquet.

After a meal hosted by the Exeter-Milligan boosters, each of the coaches had the opportunity to talk about their team and their season.  The coaches introduced each member of their teams and noted their post-season recognitions from local press along with the Nebraska School Activities Association academic honors.

Trophies from the different sports were sprinkled throughout the tables for each of the three senior high classes with the four state championship trophies placed on the senior table.  The Exeter-Milligan senior class brought home two football state championships (2013, 2014) and two volleyball state championship trophies (2012, 2015) during their four years. There was a towel recognizing the volleyball state champions at each place.

Volleyball Coach Darcy White shared about their incredible season and state championship run, noting their entry into the state playoffs via wild card.  She spoke of the psychological challenges facing the team when their first win brought them up against the undefeated Sandhills team.  White brought assistant Coach Laura Kroll up to the podium to share some of the poetry she wrote to inspire the team before each match.

After each junior and senior high team was recognized Coach Brian Murphy and Coach Dean Filipi announced the special awards.  Female golfer of the year was awarded to Brianna Beatham while Kelsey Bigelow received the Lenoard Kassik Memorial Softball player of the year.

In football, Sam Zeleny was named the outstanding senior while Marissa Howard received the Bill Fitzgerald Senior Volleyball trophy.  Howard and Zeleny were back up to the podium to receive the Gary Ruhl outstanding senior basketball player trophies.  

Coach Murphy also announced that Amber Pribyl received the Bill Fitzgerald Female Track trophy from last season and Dalton Zelenka received the Walt Barkmeier Male track trophy.

Brayden Olsen was the recipient of the boys golf trophy before Katherine White was introduced as the winner of the female Bill Fitzgerald Rookie of the year trophy.  Spencer Pribyl received the male Bill Fitzgerald Rookie of the year trophy.

Bigelow was also named Female Team player of the year and Zeleny received the Male Team player of the year trophy.  Zeleny was also recognized as the Male Athlete of the year and Howard as the Female Athlete of the year.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Exeter Boy Scout Troop Participates in The Big Idea project

Above – Leaders and scouts all pitch in to do some repairs at Smith Creek near Utica.

Below – Boy Scouts and their Leaders enjoyed some time learning from survivalist Creek Stewart as he visited them at Coyote Hollow as part of The Big Idea this year.
Above – Local Scout leaders inspect the repair work done on the bathroom facility at Smith Creek near Utica during The Big Idea event.

Above – Boy Scouts spent hours working at Smith Creek Recreation Area near Utica on Saturday, April 16th.  Payton Davis (right) from David City and Ian Stahr from Utica were two of the scouts staining the new boards on the picnic shelter.

How many hours of labor can a group of local scouts provide to a NRD facility?  How about 581? 

That is how many hours of service the scouts and their leaders in the Prairie Winds District donated to the NRD at Smith Creek on Saturday, April 16th.  Over 125 scouts and leaders camped out at Coyote Hollow near Seward on Friday night before hearing Creek Stewart, a survivalist and Eagle Scout, who hosts the TV show “Fat Guys in the Woods” speak to them about the importance of leadership and service. 

During his talk Stewart also showed the scouts how to start a fire with a guitar pick.

After Stewart was whisked away to spend the rest of his day with more scouts and leaders in the Cornhusker Council, the group grabbed a quick lunch before heading to Smith Creek NRD area near Utica.

The scouts and leaders fixed fencing, cleared undergrowth from trees and paths, repaired the restroom and painted the bridge.  They also made repairs and painted the picnic shelter.  The trail around the water was cleared of trash and overgrowth.

The Cornhusker Council recruited several event partners who contributed $126,217 in funds to support after school scouting programs.

This is the third year that the Cornhusker Council has undertaken “The Big Idea” but the first year that an event was held in each of the three districts that comprise the Cornhusker Council.  This year, scouts and leaders were able to participate in serving the communities where they live and play.  In the past the scouts planted over 300 hundred trees at Pioneers Park in Lincoln and last year the scouts spruced up Mahoney Park in Lincoln, planting trees and replanting flower beds.  Scout troops from York, Seward, Utica, Exeter, Crete and Milford participated.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free Online Marketing Workshop

FREE Online Marketing Workshop
A free Online Marketing Workshop will be held on Monday, May 9th from 5:00-8:00 at the Geneva Public Library, 1043 C ST, Geneva. 
Many small business owners get caught up trying to use social media but then forget the basic necessity of have a broader online presence. 81% of shoppers conduct online searches before buying.  What will you potential clients find out about you?
During this session Diane Siefkes, a social media consultant from Lincoln, who specializes in de-mystifying social media will discuss building your online relationships using websites, email marketing and social media.  There will be time to answer your business specific questions. 
If you want to learn more about Facebook, Twitter and other online marketing tools, this interactive session is for you.
The workshop is brought to you by the Fillmore County Development Corporation, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, REAP (Rural Enterprise Assistance Project) and SBA.
There is no cost to the workshop, but please pre-register by calling 402-759-4910 or emailing

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Exeter Strategic Plan

Exeter Girl Scouts Celebrate Earth Day

 Above  – Joyce Votipka reads the Exeter girl scout troop a story about the three r’s of recycling.  The girls from the left are Kaylie Schlueter, Scout Grummons, Sydney Engert and Brooklyn Oldehoeft.

Exeter Girl Scouts celebrated earth day on Tuesday, April 20th by picking up trash on their walk from school to the recycling trailer.

At the recycling trailer the troop had a presentation from Joyce Votipka who was instrumental in writing the grant for the village to receive the trailer.

Votipka taught the girls how to find the recycling symbol on plastics and along with explaining which items are accepted at the trailer.

Not only did Votipka encourage the girls to recycle, she explained the concept of reusing and reducing and read them a book to emphasize the theory.  To follow that concept the girls made bird feeders using recycled plastic bottles to take home.

Votipka also gave each girl a daylily to plant at home.

When the ground dries out the girls will be planting flowers in the park downtown.

Below – The girl scouts show the bird feeders they made with recycled plastic bottles.  They are pictured from the left Kaylie Schlueter, Scout Grummons, Sydney Engert and Brooklyn Oldehoeft.