Saturday, July 28, 2018

Bloodmobile Collects 29 Units

The Exeter American Red Cross Blood Drive was held on Friday, June 29th at the Exeter Legion Hall.  Thirty-seven units of blood were collected with 29 whole blood received and four power reds.
A delicious lunch was donated by Exeter United Church of Christ.  The ladies working the canteen were JoDeen Swartz and Jackie Yound.  

Kathy Erdkamp and Lynette Trauger helped escort donors over to the canteen area.  
Coordinators Barb Jansen and Marilyn Anderson were “thankful to everyone who came to donate blood, worked and those providing food for the drive.”

The next blood drive will be at Fairmont on Friday, Aug. 24 from noon to six p.m.  The last blood drive of the year in Exeter will be on October 23rd from 11:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

ExeterPublic Library Position Open

The Village of Exeter, Nebraska is now accepting applications for the part-time position of Library Director.  Applicants must be 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid Nebraska driver’s license and be a U. S. Citizen.  Computer & record keeping skills are needed.  Must be willing to obtain NLC Librarian Certification.  Some physical activity is required.  If you have any questions, call Becky Erdkamp at 402-266-3051.  Send cover letter and resumes to:  Village Clerk, P.O. Box 96, Exeter, NE  68351.  Deadline for application is August 15, 2018.  The Village of Exeter is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Exeter-Milligan-Friend Trap Season Successful

Front row from the left:  Kierra Papik, Devin Harrison, Draven Payne, Tyler Due, Andrew Vavra, and Mikey Bartu.  Middle row from the left:  Coach Lisa Soukup,  Kynli Combs, Cade Kresak, Marcus Krupicka, Ben Bartu, Daysan Staskal, Trenton Naber, Cori Combs, Coach Justin Harre.  Third row from the left:  Jaiden Papik, Kate Jansky, Trever Zelenka, Joey Bartu, Derek Axline, William Yokel, Blaze Miller, Kaden Bristol, Noah Lambrecht, Isaac Melton.  Back row from the left:  Ryan Sharp, Peytan Brandt, Spencer Pribyl, Tara Mueller, and Chandler Knoke. Not pictured are Caleb Horne, Mel Ann McCoy and Zane McCoy.

The Exeter-Milligan-Friend Trap team had another successful year.  This year, 31 students comprised the team which is divided into Juniors (age 12 through 8th grade) and Seniors (9 – 12th grade).  They competed with around 200 other shooters every Saturday morning at Crooked Creek club near Aurora.

This year the team included 13 juniors and 18 seniors.  Each Saturday the seniors would shoot 50 clays to start the day at the 16 yard line followed by the juniors who shot 50. 

In the afternoon, each senior would shoot handicaps, shooting at the line which was half the distance of their score in the first round (i.e. if they shot a 46 out of 50 in the first round they would be at the 23 yard line for handicap).

The participants pay no registration fees on the Exeter-Milligan-Friend team because each team member raised funds selling raffle tickets for a gun. The raffle, which replaced their annual soup supper and labor auction, was a successful venture that Coach Justin Harre plans to repeat next year.  

“The kids did a great job selling tickets and the support from the community was once again amazing. The funds from that are used to pay for the kids entry fees, practice rounds, shirts & coats. We will be doing the raffle again next year instead of the labor auction.”

Harre, along with Coach Lisa Soukup keep busy observing the team and monitoring their shooting during practices and at the meets.  They spend the entire day outside no matter what the weather and with the season starting in mid-March there always seems to be snow and rain for those Saturday mornings.  This year for the first time ever a Saturday morning session was cancelled due to blizzard conditions.  The teams made up the rounds of shooting over the next two Saturday’s.

The team also participates in a statewide gun raffle.  Since the gun raffle has gone so well they were able to lower the entry fees for the conference.  Most of the raffle proceeds go toward scholarships for the club members. Exeter-Milligan-Friend team member Tara Mueller received a $500 scholarship from the Central Nebraska Trapshooting Conference this year.

At the Conference level Blaze Miller made the second team in the first position in the senior division and Cori Combs was first team first place in the women’s junior division. Also a junior, Kynli Combs was first team third place.

The season culminated with the team participating in the 49th Annual Cornhusker National Jr/Sr High School Shoot sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks and held in Doniphan each year in May.  Over 2500 students participated this year. Junior Cori Combs tied for fourth place overall in the junior women’s division at the State Tournament this year.

Coach Soukup emphasized that the team members gain so much from participating in trap, “Gun safety is the number one thing they learn.  You know it or you don’t go on the line.  For some who would not normally pick up a gun this is a huge opportunity to experience shooting a gun and competition.”

Harre added, “We had another fun year with a great group of kids and parents, there were a few weeks where the weather was pretty bad for the kids to shoot in but they all sucked it up and went out there and did their best.  Trap shooting is an individual sport as well as a team sport so the participants learn that their team is dependent on them to be there.”

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Three Hearts Dance Company to Film in Exeter

Nebraska native Lexie Bristol will bring her dance troupe, Three Hearts Dance, back to her home in Nebraska July 23rd thru 27th for a dual purpose.

The first part of the group’s trip will be spent in Omaha teaching dance classes at Girls, Inc. and The Hope Center for Kids where they will “talk about letting it go and moving their body.”

“We want them to find their passion.  We try to encourage them that they can do and be whatever they want to be.  It’s about giving them the space to be themselves and giving them the opportunity to do something freeing.” 

And while they are in the state, Three Hearts Dance will be in the Cordova area for the second part of their purpose, filming two dance videos.

The group, based in the Jacksonville, Florida area, has traveled before filming videos.  Their goal is “To create unique stories with scenic backgrounds.”

Traveling with Bristol are three other dancers and a videographer.  For the filming portion of their trip they will be joined by five dancers from Midland Lutheran.  They have been holding SKYPE rehearsals with the group from Midland.

In the two films titled, “Sowing” and “Reaping,” Bristol hopes to express the idea that we are “constantly sowing seeds and reaping the harvest of those in our lives.” 

The group uses Christian music to dance to and sees both of their purposes in Nebraska as part of their outreach effort.

Bristol doesn’t claim to know everything about actual farming but feels filming in her birthplace will enhance their production, “What better way to tell the story than on my grandfather’s farm.  I spent a lot of summers at my grandparent’s house and always wanted to create with the beauty and as well as be inspired by the landscape of Nebraska.”

They plan to film the two videos on July 25th and 26th in Exeter, Cordova and Friend. 

The two films will be featured at the dance troupe’s annual launch party followed by the online launch on their You Tube channel.  The release date has not yet been set.

Bristol, a graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville in Dance is currently a director of dance at Jacksonville Day School.  The granddaughter of Kenny and Kack Due of Cordova, Norm and Monica Bristol of Exeter and Phil Gallup of Friend has made a living out of her passion, “Three Hearts Dance is my passion and my side job.”

Monday, July 23, 2018

Village to Hold Emergency Meeting

Village of Exeter
Exeter, Nebraska  68351


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Chairman and Board of Trustees of the Village of Exeter will be holding an emergency meeting at 7: 00 pm on Tuesday July 24, 2018 at the Village Office to discuss the Library Director position.   Said meeting will be open to the public.

Becky S. Erdkamp
Village Clerk