Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 23, 2013

Exline, the little town with a big heart

Submitted by Michele Carlsten
The Daily Iowegian

---- — EXLINE — Hi folks. My name is Michele Carlsten and my husband is Doug Carlsten. We have been asked to take up reporting the Exline news. Please be gentle and patient as this is something completely new to us. Hopefully we can put all of the news on our town’s people and happenings coming up. So here we go.

This recipe is a great fake out and everybody seems to love this moist lovely cake.

Heavenly Apple Spice Cake


One box of Spice cake mix

1 can of apple pie filling

Cream cheese frosting


Mix the cake according to directions on box. Mix in the apples. Pour into a 9x13 cake pan. Bake till pick comes out clean. It might take a little longer than the box says to cook because of the apple filling. Let cake cool for about 15 minutes then poke little holes with a skewer and top with frosting.

Eat warm. This is just a heavenly cake.

Now on to the news —

Pat Huebner is home and doing well, she says she isn’t up to visitors but if you would like to send cards you may send them to 29072 263rd, Moulton, Iowa 52572. We wish for a speedy recovery.

We have had some births around here and funny thing is the ladies are all recent or current employees of the Exline Store. Megan and Tim Berger had a little boy on March 22, Lyndsay Snyder and Justin Sprouse had a little girl, Josie, on Nov. 8 and Donna Davis became a grandmother to Leo Johnathon Shaffer on April 20 by daughter, Angie Davis, and Phil Shafer.

We have several new residents to the town. Welcome Dennis and Angel Marcott.

We also have upcoming weddings. Carla Wells is getting married in June and my own son, Jeremy Carlsten, and Kayla Calvert will be married Sept. 21.

The Royal Neighbors have a large list of events coming up.

On April 26 they will be delivering cake and ice cream to the Seymour Care Center to help the residents celebrate recent birthdays.

On May 1 they will be making May Day baskets again this year to deliver to homebound residents and various people in town.

On May 4 at 9 a.m. at the Exline Community Center they will also celebrate Join Hands Day where they make wonderful containers of fresh vegetable plants to deliver to local residents. Adults and children are invited to come help and get their hands dirty for a cause.

On June 8 they will also be having the annual garage sale at the Recreation center and the first annual citywide garage sale will be the same day. Come join the fun and get some great deals. Donations for Royal Neighbors can be dropped off at Maryann Hurley’s barn.

On April 1 Royal Neighbors served 80 people at the Faith Methodist Church with amazing homemade stew, homemade desserts, biscuits, salads and all the fixings.

Exline Cleanup Day is set for May 17 and 18 if needed. Have all items by the curb on May 17 so the volunteers can get it done as quickly as possible. The fine print — NO HOUSEHOLD TRASH and no hazardous chemicals. There will be a fee for tires collected, $2.50 for car tires, $1.50 for rims, $19 for truck tires and $39 for tractor tires Also accepted with a fee are computer monitors and television. Both cost $10. Anyone wanting to volunteer to help pick up is welcome.

The annual Exline School Reunion will be held May 25 at the community center with another lip smacking homemade dinner. Come enjoy the food and the fun. Anyone is welcome. The cost for all this good food is $10

There are still bricks left for the Tower Bell Memorial. They are $50 and can be personalized with two lines and 17 characters per line.

A lot of these projects are to help fund appliances that the center really needs to churn out these wonderful dinners and to make our little park a wonderful spot for adults and children alike.

A quick few mentions on other upcoming events.

This year’s bible school at the Church of Christ will be June 17 with the theme of God’s Big Fish Bowl. Plan on your children attending for fun and faith.

Morgan Cline will be here for a quick visit at the end of the month.

To refresh everyone’s minds, the Recreation Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. and the City Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Well there you have it. Hopefully I didn’t miss anything. Feel free to e-mail me with any news that you may want to let people to know at