Saturday, June 22, 2019

Exeter Village Board hears from FCDC

Exeter Village Board met Wednesday, June 5th with a quorum of three as two board members, Kathy Erdkamp and Justin Harre, were absent from the meeting.

After approving the minutes and invoices the board welcomed Fillmore County Development Corporation representatives Susan Lynch, Jennifer Griffith,  and Marcus Ruhl  to the meeting.

Lynch, FCDC board member introduced herself and asked for input from the board, “We are focusing on businesses in the area.  We are also focusing on housing as well and workforce.  We want to bring people in and finding them jobs when they get here.”

Ruhl added, “We want to be able to expand a lot of our reach farther.  No one knows it better than the people who live there.  We are opening the table for what you want to see in Exeter.  What are your goals and how can we help you get there?”

“It is a multifaceted thing we are trying to do across the entire country. Everyone has their niche and that is what we are trying to exploit,” Ruhl continued.

Lynch confirmed their mission, “We are coming to you, we need to understand what you want .”

“There isn’t a town in this county that would argue that we need lots.  We need to have funds to deal with the dilapidated houses so we can have lots people can build on.  This would be a good organization to spearhead this idea,” according Chairman Alan Michl.

Michl noted that the land bank bill that was passed in the unicameral and might have aided the situation, was vetoed by the governor.

“We have about 10 houses we would like to tear down but to be honest we can’t afford it.  It’s a countywide deal,” explained Michl.

Lynch responded, “One of things we are looking into is how can we creatively pool our resources to meet the needs of the county.”

“If it was just Exeter I wouldn’t bring it up, but it’s every town in the county,” explained Michl.
The board thanked the FCDC representatives and heard an update from Andrew Wilshusen on the final items of the downtown and street projects.  He noted that there a few items to finish up but the main item is the flagholders on the light poles that have been faulty.

Wilshusen confirmed that the flagholders should be done and in place by June 14th for Flag day.  He also noted that concrete crushing is not finished but will begin again soon.  So far they have crushed 3748 tons and estimate another 1200 tons.

Wilshusen also offered a bid from JEO to design and supervise replacement of the concrete in front of the fire hall.  The bid of $7700 was not accepted by the board but they did entertain the option of having JEO check to make sure the forms were ADA complaint before the cement was poured.

Maintenance supervisor John Mueller noted they had a bid for $33,000 which included digging down a foot and adding crushed concrete base.

The board discussed possible pool activities during Exeter days and contributed $100 toward prizes. The parade route hasn’t been determined yet for the weekend of July 27.

The board approved a motion to accept the bid of $1100 from Dan Wittnebel to erect the fence at Storybook park.

Mueller reported he had to replace the AC unit at the ballfield shack.  At Storybook Park the ladybug glider broke and will have to be repaired. The village had some trees cut down in Gilbert’s Park but they still need to be cleaned up before the stumps are ground.

Clerk Becky Erdkamp reported that sales tax for March were $9571.49 and Keno for April was $356.48 .

She informed the board that she will send mowing letters soon.  She recently took pictures at a property in Exeter where two dead trees and lots of broken limbs and construction trash are littering the yard. She talked to the homeowner and warned it could be condemned soon. 

Erdkamp had a resident question her on the necessity of a sidewalk on his property.  She found there was no easement and will let him know about the legal requirements.

The board set their next meeting for Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Exeter Class of 1994

Members of the Exeter class of 1994 who attended the reunion are pictured from the left: Ryan Manning and Jason Oldehoeft.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sterling Dyer Presented Quilt of Valor

 Sterling Dyer is presented a Quilt of Valor at a ceremony at the Exeter Legion.  Placing the quilt around him are his stepdaughters Amy Osterholt (right) and Angie Bell (left).  To the far left is Quilt of Valor South Central Nebraska Coordinator Phyllis Schoenholz.

Phyllis Schoenholz, left, gave the history of the Quilt of Valor foundation before Sterling Dyer was wrapped in a quilt by his stepdaughters Angie Bell (middle) and Amy Osterholt (not pictured).

Sterling Dyer of Exeter was honored with a Quilt of Valor during a ceremony held Monday, June 10 at the Exeter American Legion Home.

Dyer, a Korean War Veteran, was nominated to receive the award by an anonymous person and felt “It was a nice honor.  Lots of others deserve it if I do.”

His stepdaughters, Angie Bell and Amy Osterholt held up the quilt and then wrapped it around him. 
Dyer’s wife, Sharon, was also in the audience along with his sister and several of his nephews.

The Quilt of Valor program was started in 2003 by Catherine Roberts who son was deployed in Iraq.  After a dream gave her the idea that quilts from home would be comforting to those serving, she began to make them to award to active military along with veterans.  

Roberts created a non-profit foundation to guide the project.  Since 2003 over 220,000 quilts have been awarded to those who have served.

Phyllis Schoenholz, the South Central Nebraska Coordinator for the QOV program, initiated the program in Neb. She gave the history of the foundation and explained how she became involved and recruited 4H members to make quilts.  She noted that the quilts are often recognized as a “civilian purple heart.”

The quilt awarded to Dyer was made by Carol Harris, an Exeter native who now lives in North Carolina. Later Dyer expressed his appreciation for the work and time that Harris put into the quilt. Schoenholz encouraged Dyer to use the quilt and not just keep it folded up.

Auxiliary member Pat Becker read a brief history of Dyer’s service during the Korean War.  He was drafted in the Army in May of 1954 and went to basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  

He was sent to Fort Sill, Okla. for 16 weeks of radio repair before he headed to Fort Lewis, Wash.  for a ship to Korea.  For 23 days Dyer was below deck on KP duty, serving 6000 troops. 

In Korea Dyer served in the 59th MP company, the 558th MP company guarding Ammo Depots in Pusan, Korea, and the 11th Field Artillery Battalion 24th Infantry Division along the demilitarized zone north of Seoul, Korea.  He was discharged and returned home in May of 1956.

After the ceremony each of the Legion members saluted Dyer and honored him for his service.  Audience members also took the opportunity to thank Dyer for his sacrifice to his country.

“The mission of the Quilt of Valor foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts of valor.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Exeter Class of 1979

Members of the Exeter class of 1979 who attended the reunion are pictured from the left: Steve Rhodes, John Dinneen, Darcee Eberspacher Fricke, John Miller, and Warren Hall.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Exeter Class of 1974

Members of the Exeter class of 1974 who attended the reunion are pictured from the left: Brenda Manning, Susan Henricksen Dallegge, Rick Hall, Marian Hall Kahler, and Kurt Oates.