Thursday, November 9, 2023

Throwback Thursday: 11/03/2013



Every October the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department hosts a Junior Fire Patrol classes during Fire Safety Month.

Part education and part training, the fifth graders from Exeter Milligan love the program. “They’re learning valuable life skills for not only now, but when they have families of their own.  It’s a fun class but at the end of the day I want them to remember this could actually save someone in their families lives,” explained lead instructor Hope Androyna.

This is the fifteenth year that the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department has sponsored the Junior Fire Patrol for area fifth graders. This year there were four participants.

Three of the students had perfect attendance and passed all of the requirements to become junior fire marshals.  They are Jaiden Papik, Jackson Beethe and Georgia Meyer.  All three of these students have a parent who serves on the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department. Clint Oldehoeft also participated.

The department is now seeing a side benefit to the program that wasn’t realized for a number of years, as several Junior Fire Marshalls have become active members of the Exeter department.  One, Jacob Miller, now serve as assistant fire chief.

Hope Androyna served as the lead instructor this year.  Many other members of the department served as instructors and volunteers throughout the four weeks including Ed Mark, Jacob Miller, Jackie Miller, Marv Swanson, Dan Everheart, Ken Strate, Mark Beethe, Doug Papik, Craig Meyer, Nate Kahler.


 The Psychology students in Mr. Marr's class decided to have a little fun with the Exeter-Milligan Kindergarten, first and second graders on Halloween.  The high school students wore costumes to school and created boxes of "parts" for the elementary students to examine. 


The Exeter-Milligan junior high football team recently completed their 2013 season.
Five of the six games were played in Milligan. The team was slowed by injuries
throughout the season. The EM team finished with a 1-5 record.


The Omaha World-Herald ranked the Exeter-Milligan Volleyball team #9 this season.  The team plays tonight in Wilber versus the Hampton Hawks at 7 p.m. at the Sub-District Finals.


Exeter-Milligan Softball Players Receive Post-Season Honors

Congratulations to senior Logan Zeleny, the catcher for the Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan Panther Softball Team as she was selected for the Southern Nebraska Conference first team. Zeleny was also selected on the York News-Times All-Area Softball Team and was given an honorable mention on the Class C Super State Team.  Senior Meredith Emshoff was recognized with an honorable mention with both the Southern Nebraska Conference and the York News Times All-Area Softball Team. The FC/EM Panthers headed to the Class C State Tournament and posted 1-2 record there.  They finished the season with a 24-12 record.




Funds were received from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) to provide “down payment assistance” to eligible homebuyers in Fillmore County for the purchase of existing homes in Fillmore County communities. The program runs through September 22 of 2015 and $128,000 dollars is available for down payment assistance.  The assistance comes in the form of a no interest loan that is paid back when the home is sold.

Participants must occupy the property as a principal residence and be income eligible. The purchase must be of an existing home in a Fillmore County community and the cost may not exceed $135,000. The maximum subsidy cannot exceed 20% of the purchase price and has a maximum of $17,000.


Mr. Murphy’s social studies classes have spent a good deal of time discussing current issues affecting our country.  In addition, the Post World War II History class has been investigating the Cold War and African decolonization following World War II.  The high school American History class has researched local pioneers and westward expansion, as well as, immigration and culture of the late 1800s.  World Geography completed a unit on Nebraska geography and is currently looking at how weather and climate influences human geography.  At this time, History 8 is studying the American Revolution.  


  Chemistry is the study of matter and energy, and the changes they undergo. Currently, we are looking at emission line spectra as a method of identifying unknown gases. Every element gives off specific wavelengths of light when it has electricity running through it. These types of light are commonly referred to as “neon” lights, but not all of these bright lights contain neon. Neon happens to produce a red orange color, but there are many other gases that yield the different colors of the spectrum.


            Our students are using this experiment to look at just one variety of properties that electrons are responsible for. electron behavior is the primary area of study in chemistry because electrons are the outer most parts of the atom and are responsible for the way atoms interact with each other.

            When the students use the pictured apparatus, called a spectroscope, to view the tubes of gas, they see a distinct line spectrum. We will then compare the spectra of the unknown gases with the spectra of known gases and determine what the tubes are filled with. Some practical applications of this technology are in forensics and cosmology.

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