Sunday, August 7, 2022

Death Notice: Charles D. "Chuck" Warner

 A Memorial Service for Chuck will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cordova, Nebraska. Pastor Michelle Kanzaki will preside over the Memorial Service. Military Honors will be held outside the Church following the Memorial Service.

It was Chuck's wish to be cremated and he will be placed in the Bruning Public Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the William Sullivan Exeter American Legion Post 218.

Exeter Days - Parade

Saturday's parade had lots of entries with tons of candy and goodies to pass out.

Beth Ruhl and her children, Matthias and Gwen, stand next to the wagonload of candy that they picked up from the parade. 

Above-The American Legion and Sons of the Legion members led the parade with the flags.

Below – Jameson Trauger, of Exeter, sang the National Anthem and was the announcer for the Exeter Days Parade.

Sara Pella, who orchestrated much of what happened at Exeter Days, jumped out of her husband, Jordan’s, Nebraska State Trooper car and passed out stickers and goodies on the parade route.

Aidan Vavra and his driver, Mikey Bartu, tossed out candy and hats on the parade route for Horizontal Boring.

In the backseat Braxton Harre and cousin Kollin Harre throw out candy for Harre Seed and Supply along with Paige Harre in the front seat and Logan Harre, driving.
Above - Carter Milton drives his grandma Lorri Milton through the parade route in their red corvette.

Below – The Exeter-Milligan volleyball team had a blast on their float soaking those on the route and sharing schedules and goodies.

 The Exeter Public Library passed out huge popsicles during the parade route.


Friday, August 5, 2022

Exeter Days - Art in the Park

Liberty Johnson (right) helps create with some art in the park attendees.


Art from Friday night's activity was displayed in the park on Saturday morning.
 For Exeter Days attendees Saturday morning was “Art in the Park.”  All kinds of art was displayed for purchase at nine different booths featuring everything from paintings, photography to fiber art, mugs and Bible Journaling.  Heidi Chapman was painting through the morning at her booth and had some of her work available for sale.
Chezney Kanode (far left), Brynnlee Johnson (middle) and Hannah Petersen look over the items at the booth “Trust Jesus, Hun,” by Daisy Kanode.  The girls learned all about Bible Journaling and made a bookmark.
Lunch was food truck time in the park.

 Kollin Harre does the painting activity in the park with some of the high school art students.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Throwback Thursday 07/29/2012



The parsonage and the pulpit are filled at the Exeter United Methodist Church after being empty for a few months.


Glen Holtz, a Nebraska native, recently pastored at Ceresco and Valpraiso and is now ministering to the flocks at the Exeter and the McCool Junction United Methodist Churches.


Pool Hours Change Soon

The Exeter Aquatic Center will close for the season on September 3rd.

Starting the week of August 13th the pool will be open MWF from  4:00 - 7:00 with no dinner break. Sunday's they will be open from 1:30 - 7:00 with a dinner break from 4:30- 5:30. 

Not only did Exeter-Milligan graduate Claire White play in the All Star Volleyball game this summer but she was coached by Exeter graduate Craig Songster.  

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Exeter Days - Dinner and a Movie

Everyone enjoyed the free burger supper at the Legion sponsored by the Exeter Area Community Foundation.

 It was time to get ready for the movie with some fun glow in the dark body paint sponsored by the Exeter-Milligan Booster Club.  Chezney Kanode paints on Westin Yound as they wait for the movie to start.

Kolbie Kahlandt watches as Lisa Kanode paints one more layer of glow in the dark paint on the heart on her leg.
Exeter Librarian Cindy Markowski does double duty as she makes cotton candy and snow cones before the movie night.  All of the proceeds went to the Exeter Library.  Markowski was busy making both at various locations throughout the weekend.
Emmet Schlegelmilch was eagerly awaiting his cotton candy with his mom, Mary Schlegelmilch.

Leo Nicholas, left, and Westin Yound, are all ready to watch the movie in downtown Exeter during Exeter Days.

  “E.T.” was the show to watch when it got dark in Exeter on Friday night during Exeter days.



There were definitely “Small Town Vibes” in Exeter last weekend as the village held their annual summer celebration.  Instead of just a few select activities the weekend was packed with fun for the whole family.

About a month ago, Exeter resident, Sara Pella decided she wanted to see how she could expand on the traditional weekend activities and from there the event exploded adding tons of art activities along with a triathlon,  a 3 on 3 basketball tournament and so much more.

The weekend began with the traditional meal at the legion which was sponsored by the Exeter Area Community Foundation.  There was also a “seltzer sippin’” event which allowed those 21 and over to taste a new alcohol product sold by Greg’s Market.

Inside the legion an art activity was added to the evening which allowed everyone to make an ET picture to go with the movie.  Before the movie started there were snow cones and cotton candy (with proceeds going to the library) and glow in the dark body paint sponsored by the Exeter-Milligan Booster Club.

Lawn chairs were set up and popcorn was passed around in anticipation of the showing of E T on the side of the Live Well Massage building.

Saturday morning was also full of activities with a co-ed softball tournament, beer mile, garage sales, art in the park which included vendors, an art display and art activities.  The pool was also open for a free swim with games and prizes donated by Twisted Wrench.

There were also a bookmobile and food trucks at the park.  In the afternoon, Handy Hands 4H club sold soft serve ice cream downtown which was sponsored by Manning Grain.  A corn hole tournament was held behind the Fire Hall with over 40 teams entered.

The parade started at 3 p.m. with Exeter resident Jameson Trauger singing the national anthem as the Color Guard stopped in front of the Legion.  Trauger then announced the rest of the entries in the parade.  The parade entrants threw out tons of candy along with popsicles, stickers and tattoos. 

Another new event, the three on three basketball tournament was very popular.  There were four divisions of players and the tournament went on for over four hours before all the winners were crowned.

Before the street dance, the senior center sponsored bingo and the Exeter Women’s Club sold slices of pie.  The Exeter Volunteer Fire Department served a bbq pork dinner which sold out quickly.  The beer garden was open at five p.m. and “Dad Rock” took the stage from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Sunday morning started with a community church service in the park by Pastor Murry Johnston of the Exeter United Methodist Church.  Next on the schedule was the first ever Triathlon sponsored by the Exeter Area Community Foundation.  Each age group had to swim, ride their bike and run a course through the south side of Exeter.  As the age increased, so did the length of each portion of their triathlon. 

Also at Gilberts park there was face painting by the Exeter-Milligan cheerleaders, cotton candy and snow cones, miniature horse rides and the pool was open for free swim.

Pella had a long list of people to thank including the many sponsors for the different events.  She also noted that several of the ideas for events came from Lisa Kanode who was instrumental in setting up many of the art activities along with introducing the idea of the triathlon to Pella.

All in all it was truly a fun filled family weekend definitely packed with “Small Town Vibes.”