Saturday, October 7, 2017

Exeter-Milligan Homecoming Court

 Exeter-Milligan 2017 Homecoming Court.  Front row from the left - Freshman attendants Jackson Beethe and Jaiden Papik, Junior Attendants Trever Zelenka and Josie Kresak and Sophomore Attendants Max Zeleny and Anna Sluka.  Middle row Duke Eric Olsen and Duchess Alexis Uldrich, King Joey Bartu and Queen Hannah Beethe and Prince Seth Maxson and Princess Hannah Horne.
Seniors, from the left,  Duke Eric Olsen and Ducchess Alexis Uldrich, King Joey Bartu and Queen Hannah Beethe and Prince Seth Maxson and Princess Hannah Horne.
King Joey Bartu and Queen Hannah Beethe

Exeter-Milligan Sloshes Over Parkview Christian

 Pouring rain caused a two hour delay in the last home matchup for the season in Milligan Friday night.  Intense lightning and buckets of rain started falling around 7:20 and the game was stopped just about 2/3 of the way through the second quarter.  The Timberwolves jumped on the board first with a Spencer Pribyl pass to Trever Zelenka who was in the end zone.  The Patriots picked up a Timberwolf fumble and capitalized on those points.  The Patriots scored one more td before the rain delay leaving the score 14-8 for a few hours.  Back on the field around 9:45 the Timberwolves dominated, scoring within two minutes of returning to play.  They held the Patriots scoreless the rest of the game and tacked on a few more touchdowns for insurance.  Final score 42-16 Timberwolves.

 Ryan Sharp #48 and Joey Bartu #27 tackle #7 Rashad Woods for a loss.
 Spencer Pribyl throws for a pass in the pouring rain with #10 Elijah Page after him.
 Max Zeleny #85 and Joey Bartu #27 took down the Patriot ball carrier, Rashad Woods.
 Pribyl hands off to Colton Bossaller above, and below Bossaller stiff arms a Parkview Christian player ( #12 Logan Page) with a few more hot on his tail, #10 Elijah Page, and #42 Joshua Branding.

 Bossaller looks for a hole to run into the end zone.
 Trever Zelenka catches the ball for a touchdown.
 Soaking wet players listen to Coach Filipi and Coach Krejci at the end of the first quarter.
Lined up for play, Nick Hayek #8 hikes the ball to Pribyl.  From the top are Seth Maxson #10, Johnny Babula #41, Hayek, Pribyl, Max Zeleny #85 and Trever Zelenka #5.

Homecoming Week

Wednesday was Hillibilly Day and these Hillbillies were all ready for the day.  From the left are Ricky Hickman, Braxton and Cohen Harre, Andrew and Aidan Vavra,

It was Throwback Thursday, of course, and these Exeter-Milligan students were willing to strike a pose in there throwback gear.  From the left in the back are Patrick Murphy, Macy Due, Katie Moody, Katherine White, Tara Mueller, Anna Sluka and in the front, Jaiden Papik.
 The Band played tunes to fire up the crowd at the pep rally.
 The royal court introduced at the Pep Rally.
 The kids were excited to get some Timberwolf mini footballs.
 The Timberwolves were fired up to beat the Parkview Christian Patriots Friday night so they had to get the fire gear on in a relay at the Pep Rally.  Above, Seth Maxson puts on his gear with the help of (l-r) Archer Kanode, Savana Krupicka, Daisy Kanode and Kaylie Schlueter.
 Above, Joey Bartu gets some help from Macy Due (right), Kierra Papik (behind), Maddus Milton (hidden) and Hannah Beethe.
 Tara Mueller gave up getting all her gear on and just carried the boots back to the finish line.
 Cheerleaders Macy Due (above) and Daisy Kanode (below) led the crowd in cheers at the Pep Rally.

Greg's Market donated ice cream for everyone after the pep rally.  The second graders crowd around Daisy Kanode as she passes out the treats.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Exeter-Milligan Rolls Over Nebraska Lutheran at Home

Exeter-Milligan sent Nebraska Lutheran packing winning three straight sets -  25-17, 25-21, and 27-25. It was pink out night as well.

Above – Kate Jansky and Katherine White pair up to block at the net against Nebraska Lutheran.

Below – Katherine White stuffs a Nebraska Lutheran ball during Tuesday night’s win in Exeter.

Above - Katherine White sends a kill to the Nebraska Lutheran court during Tuesday night’s win in Exeter.
Below - Kate Jansky sends the ball back over to the Knights.

Above – Hannah Beethe flys up to smack the ball back to Nebraska Lutheran.
Below - Tara Mueller gives the ball a decisive smack.

 Above - Tara Mueller goes over the block of Nebraska Lutheran and below - Hannah Beethe handles things
 Below - Katherine White sends a kill to the Nebraska Lutheran court with Tara Mueller (middle) and Hannah Beethe .

Siebert visits Geneva, Exeter-Milligan students attend

Geneva Arts Council, using a grant from Humanities Nebraska, brought Paul Siebert to Geneva to present “Echoes of an Era” to Fillmore County grade school students on October 2nd at the City Auditorium.

Using the Nebraska State Seal and Flag as a back drop, Paul presented a musical living history program of a family’s journey from Russia to Nebraska in the 1870’s.  Siebert used original and period music with seven different acoustic instruments, storytelling, personal family history, period costume and extensive knowledge on the subject of Blacksmithing/metallurgy to present an interactive entertaining program for the students.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Exeter-Milligan students learn about electricity

 Exeter-Milligan fifth graders learn all about electricity from Steve Gerken.  Above, they learn about the equipment that utility line workers use to keep them safe and below, they learn about how direct current works.

 Exeter-Milligan fourth graders think they know where a gfi outlet should be placed in their home.  Steve Gerken holds a gfi outlet and explains why and where one should be used.

Courtney VanSkiver presents Exeter-Milligan Principal Laura Kroll (right) with some materials to place in the Exeter-Milligan library to help educate students on the history and organization of public power companies and several videos on electrical safety including one on bus safety.

Exeter-Milligan third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders heard a presentation on electrical safety on Tuesday, Oct 3.  Representatives from Perennial Public Power Company in York brought out a bucket truck and safety equipment to demonstrate to the students.  The interactive presentation let the students see how electricity works but focused primarily on the safety aspects of their work.  The Perennial employees showed on their bucket trucks are made to insulate their employees against electrocution along with showing the students some of the safety gear they wear when working on the lines.  The students also got to see some of the tools the crews use to repair and maintain electric lines.  

In addition, the students learned about electrical safety in their homes.  Steve Gerken, a Perennial Public Power employee, explained to the students about the importance of ground fault interrupter outlets and the safe use of power strips.  The students also received information about what to do if they are in a car accident with a power pole or come across a situation where they come into contact with live current.

Perennial gave each student a goodie bag to emphasize electrical safety.

Also present was Perennial employee Courntey VanSkiver, who presented Exeter-Milligan Principal Laura Kroll with two books for the school library to help educate students on the history and organization of public power companies.  VanSkiver also presented two videos on electrical safety, one of which covered bus safety.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Obituary Shirley B. Trauger

Shirley Beth Gillan Trauger of Exeter, age 85, died on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in her sleep next to her husband of 64 years. She was a lifelong resident of the Exeter area. Shirley was born on the family farm in York County, Nebraska on December 21, 1931 to Earl and Ethel (Ziegler) Gillan. Shirley attended a one room school house and later graduated from Friend High School with the class of 1950. Shirley attended York College for two years and received her teaching certificate. She later taught in a one room school in Cordova.

On August 18, 1953, she married Robert Trauger of Exeter. Together they had three children; Charles, Lynnelle and Melissa.

Shirley was a lifelong member of the Exeter United Methodist Church. She served on many boards throughout her life. She was both President and Vice President of the United Methodist Women. She served several terms on the Staff Parrish Committee and Chaired the Finance Committee.

Shirley was active throughout her life in many organizations. She was one of the founding members of the Fillmore County Historical Society. She was an active member until her death. She served on the Exeter School Board for two terms in the late 1960’s. She served a term as Vice President of the Exeter Women’s Club in the late 1950’s.

Shirley was a member of the Nebraska Public Television Board for many years. In 1978, she was appointed by former Governor Exon to the Nebraska Commission on the Status of Women. She was head of the commission for two years.

In 1976, Shirley received Nebraska’s highest honor when she was chosen to be a Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska. It is an honorary title bestowed upon individuals by the Governor. She was a recipient of this award due to the many committees she served on for the state.

She was very involved with the United Methodist Church. In 1972, she was elected to the Nebraska Conference Council of Ministries. In 1981, she was elected to the ten-member National Board and was chosen to be the Lay Representative from the Nebraska Conference to the Council of the Centennial World Methodist Conference in Hawaii. She was elected to the St. Paul School of Theology Board of Trustees in 1976. She was also a member of the South-Central District Council of Ministries.

Shirley was elected to the Nebraska Wesleyan Board of Trustees in 1978 and served as Vice President in 1981.

She was a member of the Epworth Village Board of Directors and served as President from 1981-1983. She was an active member of Epworth for over 30 years.
Shirley was Coordinator of Global Concerns of the Lincoln District of the United Methodist Women. Shirley was a member of the Governor’s Antique Farm Machinery Commission and served as Treasurer of the Lester F. Larson Tractor Test and Power Museum at the University of Nebraska.

In 1969, Robert and Shirley started Old Timer’s Day. This was a show that they put on every August to perpetuate pioneer memories. They continued this tradition until 1986. They were featured on a documentary for Nebraska Public Television in 1976.

She was a kind and loving person who lived life to the fullest and was never afraid of a challenge. In 1987, when her daughter was interviewing for a nanny position in New York, she called the reference listed. It was none other than Walter Cronkite and they ended up having an amazing conversation. While visiting NY, she was given a song that she treasured and it was written especially for her by the Musical Director of Sesame Street. She had many amazing experiences in her life. She spoke from the same podium where President Roosevelt accepted his presidency. During that visit she had also the opportunity to meet with Mayor Ed Koch at the Governor’s mansion. She had a wonderful visit with him. These occurrences were not unusual for her as she never knew a stranger. Shirley truly lived an amazing and full life. She taught her family love, values and to always stand up for what it right. She was an avid gardener and loved to travel. Shirley and Robert traveled the United States prior to having children. She loved spending time with family and loved the holidays. She always made each holiday magical with her special touch. Fall was her favorite season, so it is with peace that she transitioned from this life to the next during this time of year.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Ethel Gillan and her brother Duane Gillan.

Left to honor and remember her legacy is her husband of 64 years, Robert; her three children, Charles Trauger of Exeter, Lynnelle Trauger of Exeter and Melissa Dufort of Shawnee, KS; son in law, Peter Dufort and daughter in law, Lynette Trauger; 7 grandchildren; Jameson Trauger of York, Huntington Trauger of Harrisonville, MO, Alexis Trauger of Exeter, Samuel and Luke Dufort of Shawnee, KS, Tyler Trauger of Omaha and Nikole and husband Chad Sideris of Omaha; nephews Byron and Aleta Trauger of Nashville, TN and Tom Trauger and Jana Belsky of Washington, DC.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Death Notice Shirley B. Trauger

A Funeral Service for Shirley will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Exeter, Nebraska. Kim Dunker will officiate the service.

A private Family Graveside Service will take place in the Exeter Cemetery following the Funeral Service.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter, Nebraska.

Memorials are suggested to the York Adopt-A-Pet or the Capitol Humane Society.