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Stop The Bleeding Initiative Trains At NC School

NEBRASKA CITY – CHI Health and Nebraska City Fire and Rescue are helping make Nebraska City schools the first in the region to have Stop the Bleeding kits in each school building.

At a workshop Wednesday, teachers and staff were trained in use of manufactured and improvised tourniquets, as well as applying pressure and packing wounds.

Scott Brown, the trauma outreach coordinator for CHI Health, said he hopes Stop The Bleeding Initiative gets as big as CPR did in the 1970s.

Brown: “We want everybody, everbody on the street, comfortable with the fact that they could actually stop and save a life just by stopping someone from bleeding to death. With a very simple, 45-minute presentation, we can teach them how to do that.”

Brown said people are taught the ABCs of first aid, but he wants them also know the ABCs of bleeding:

  • A – Alert medics
  • B – find the Bleeding source
  • C – Compress with hands, pack wound with cloth and apply tourniquet.


Stop The Bleed Initiative Sets Nebraska City Training

NEBRASKA CITY – CHI Health St. Mary’s is helping to bring the national “Stop the Bleed Initiative” to Nebraska City schools.

Hospital officials say they are hoping to advance citizens’ skills and knowledge about stopping bleeding.

Nebraska City Paramedic Manager Andrew Snodgrass will be among trainers at the high school for the 10 a.m. workshop Wednesday.

Scott Brown, the trauma outreach coordinator for Creighton University Medical Center will lead the presentation. Dr. Daniel DeFreece  and nurse supervisor Janet Teten will also participate.

Stop the Bleed was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff and TheWhite House.

“CHI Health St. Mary’s is pleased to be able to collaborate with the Trauma center at CUMC-Bergan Mercy and our local rescue squad and trauma center on this campaign,” DeFreece said. “We are also very fortunate that CHI Health has providing funding to help us train our community and buy kits that will be placed in our schools as well as other places in the community.”

Snodgrass said the 45- to 60-minute course uses a “common-sense approach” and teaches trainees not only how to use the official Stop the Bleed kits, but also how to use readily available items such as T-shirts and belts to help stopbleeding. The program is based off The Hartford Consensus and is a nationally recognized initiative supported by the American College of Surgeons.

Learning how to care for an injured family member, friend, or even a stranger isn’t difficult. Many basic first aid courses are available that emphasize current bleeding control techniques such as use of tourniquets and hemostatic dressings.

“Most of the same principles apply to stopping any bleed — major or minor,” Snodgrass said. “You put a bandage on thewound. Using a tourniquet is a little more involved, but is still relatively simple to use with some training.

“The important thing to remember is that in an emergency, it doesn’t have to be medical-grade gauze or a commercial tourniquet. If need be, you can use almost anything.”

The plan is to train teachers and staff at Nebraska City Public Schools, Lourdes Central Catholic and the Nebraska City Center for the Blind and Visually Handicapped. With summer vacation coming to an end, Snodgrass said kicking off theStop the Bleed training in schools seemed ideal.

“Nationally, there has been an increase in violence in schools and public places, so we feel that’s a big need,” Snodgrass said. “From there, we want to start educating other groups such as commercial industrial plants and civic groups, but our first big push is with the school districts.”

Teten, who has worked as an emergency-room nurse for more than 20 years, said she was immediately compelled to join the Stop the Bleed initiative.

Travelers ‘Tumble’ At Entrance Of Nebraska City Walmart

NEBRASKA CITY – No one was injured in a roll-over accident at the Walmart entrance Friday morning, not even pets.

20-year-old Krystal White of Reno gave some water and comfort to her cats named Jughead and Betty from the television show Riverdale.

White: “We actually had them buckled in a little bit, so I  think they stayed better, I mean they still don’t have their own cat buckle, so probably knocked around a bit in there.”

She said she’s grateful that everyone is okay.

The trio are moving from Georgia to Reno, Nev., and had pulled off of Highway 2 for a stop at Taco Bell.

White: “It was just confusion. I mean the guy was turning, we were going straight, I guess. We tumbled. It happened very quickly.”

A Chevrolet Impala at the scene, also with multiple passengers, had damage to front driver’s side fender and the Compass was damaged on both passenger side doors.

Nebraska City Celebrates 25 Years Of Lied Lodge Impact

NEBRASKA CITY – The founder of the Arbor Day Foundation was among those packing the lobby of the Lied Lodge Conference Center Thursday to mark the facility’s 25th year in Nebraska City.

John Rosenow said it’s rewarding to see the 25 years of success and collaboration the center represents.

Rosenow: “It’s a real combination of things, the beautiful building, the fabulous service that the team members provide, the conservation aspects here, the fuelwood heating and cooling, to many of the fireplaces that provide real heat to many other features that are incorporated, and, the heritage of the place, having the home of Arbor Day as the place where it’s located.”

Rosenow: “I was just here a couple weeks ago with a national conference supporting the creation of nature explore outdoor classrooms and the combination of this great facility and the grounds, which lets people who are here as part of the conference, take a part of their day and tour the grounds and really be a part of the woods, the trees and the forest – that’s what it’s really all about – it’s really a matchless place.”

Rosenow: “Back 25 plus years, we saw the opportunity and the need to create a centrally-located conference center for the conservation community broadly. Arbor Day Foundation was then and continues to be a national leader in urban forestry. There are many, many other partners that interest for the nature conservancy to American rivers to folks working with childhood issues and the environment. Many, many needs for a place where people can come and be informed and inspired to have a meeting place dedicated to conservation and education just makes meetings better.”

Rosenow: “I have heard many wonderful things through the years of good conservation things, good education things, good planning activities taking place because of events that started the action here at Lied Lodge. That’s having an impact all over the nation. The community is a big part of that. We are so proud.”

Mayor Bryan Bequette said the center is a gem for the country.

Manager Denise Duvall said the center’s partnership with Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce has been great and continues to grow.

Duvall: “This is a starting point for many people and once they get out and about into our community they realize how much we have to offer.”

She said 25 years ago, Nebraska City citizens donated trees that were transplanted by tree spade to give the parking lot some shade. In return, she said, the center will now donate 25 trees to the city.

Outdoor Warnings Sirens To Be Tested Friday

NEBRASKA CITY – Testing of outdoor warning sirens in Nebraska City has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m.

The sirens are normally tested on Saturday mornings, but were postponed due to weather.

Arbor Day Foundation Offering City 25 Trees

NEBRASKA CITY- Nebraska City may be known to be the home of Arbor Day but the partnership between the city and The Arbor Day Foundation is only 25 years old.

To recognize this milestone anniversary the Arbor Day Foundation will be donating one tree for every year they have partnered with Nebraska City, for a total of 25 trees.

Mayor Bryan Bequette will also be proclaiming August 9th as the Lied Lodge and Conference Center anniversary.

Other matters on the agenda for tonight’s city council meeting include two resolutions for interlocal agreements. One would be between Nebraska City and the Nebraska City Airport Authority Board, and the other would be between Nebraska City and Infinity Aviation Inc. Both interlocal agreements are for fixed-base operator systems.

The First Baptist Church is requesting the closure of the intersection at 1st Corso and 12th Street plus one-half block East on August 7th from 6 to 10 p.m. for a National Night Out celebration.

A public hearing is scheduled for the liquor license application for Wildwood Golf Course.

Chad Miller will be going in front of the commissioners to request the approval for a route for a Run For Maddy 5k Fundraiser. Funds raised will go to help pay for the medical and travel expenses of Maddy Crook.

Maddy is the 12-year-old daughter of Jenny and Aaron Crook who was diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment at UNMC, in Omaha.

A discussion will be had regarding the Twitter Town Hall scheduled to be held September 13th at 7pm.

Reports expected to be given at the city council meeting include the Keep Nebraska City Beautiful quarterly report and a presentation by NCTC on the activities and use of public funds for fiscal year.

Pioneers Marching Into New Season Of Music, Competition

The Nebraska City High School Pioneer Marching Band has already been working hard preparing for the upcoming marching season.

The band stepped off last Thursday with their first rehearsal of band camp. Band camp focuses on learning the fundamentals of marching, breaking down each step to the most simplest parts, to ensure the best looking form.

Last Thursday and Friday was focused on parade marching for the Otoe County fair parade on Saturday in Syracuse.

This week was focused on field show marching. Rehearsals started at 8 a.m. out on the field. They worked on putting the opening song “El Cumbanchero” to the show “Shades of Latin” on the field.

The band set twenty sets on the field in four days for the opener. Work continued inside in the afternoon to work on the show music, as well as pep band music for the upcoming sports seasons.

To put an end to band camp, a Marching Band Exhibition was held Thursday evening. This showcased all the band’s hard work put in this week. Melissa Turner of the Nebraska City Fine Arts Booster Club  said she was impressed with the group.

Turner: “They had only been practicing for about four days and it looked like they had been practicing for months.”


Marching band is all about the ability to follow directions. One way to show this and have a little bit of friendly competition, is through a “Drill Off”.

A various number of marching commands are given to test the ability of attentiveness and responsiveness. As more people are taken out, the commands get faster and more complicated. This year’s Drill Off winner was Sam Biaggi, a senior percussionist. For the first time in band camp history, Sam was awarded the “Golden Dinkle” for being the last student marching. 

Even though the school year hasn’t officially started, the marching band is well underway with a season full of successes.

For now the band will continue to work on fundamentals, clean the opener and put the rest of the show on the field. They will also prepare for the upcoming Hamburg Popcorn Days and AppleJack parade. In addition to the Harvest of Harmony Marching Competition and the Field Show Competition, the band will be adding a new contest.

For the first time, the band will be competing at the “NSBA Marching Band Contest” in October.

If you would like to support the band and other fine art organizations in the school, you can check out the Nebraska City Fine Arts Booster Club page on Facebook, for more information and upcoming meeting dates. Meetings will begin following the start of the school year. They will set goals that they wish to accomplish this year.

They are always looking for volunteers to help support the Fine Arts Students.

Davis Updates Rotary On Storm Recovery Service

NEBRASKA CITY – Mark Davis returned to Nebraska City Wednesday to update Rotarians on catastrophe recovery and his company Signal Restoration Services.

Davis started in the recovery business in Denver in 1996, just months before a hurricane hit North Carolina. He instinctively headed to the area and was later impressed to find that he could help in a disaster situation and build a company.

Davis: “That’s why I decided I was going to become a storm chaser. Not a storm chaser that wants things to happen. That isn’t the business we’re in. Dr. DeFreece, you don’t want people to get sick, but you’re there to help. It’s the same thing we are. We’re the doctors of disaster.”

Davis and Partner Frank Torre formed Signal just prior to Superstorm Sandy hitting New York in 2012. They led the restoration of five hospitals there.

Their list of commercial and hotel restoration jobs grew steadily from there, but they were soon thrust into high demand.

Davis: “2017 and you guys all know. You watch the news. Harvey, Irma, Maria – unbelievable. Never happened like this before with three major storms back to back.”

They were working in Key West, when Hurricane Maria brought up to 30 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 190 miles-per-hour to Puerto Rico.

They took on restoration of two more hotels in Puerto Rico, where Davis says their logistical experience was crucial. They acquired a ship with 270,000 gallons of diesel fuel and pumpers to move the fuel.

Electrical service to the entire commonwealth was knocked out, but, because Signal brought its own diesel fuel,  it was able to provide electricity to the projects it was working on. That enabled the company to attract enough workers and establish food lines for hundreds of Puerto Ricans for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Davis, a graduate of Lourdes Central, was joined by a dozen family members including his parents Bill and Betty Davis.

Ullspergers Receive Pioneer Farm Award

SYRACUSE – The Ullsperger family from Nebraska City was honored as a 100-year farm family at the Otoe County Fair.

The Ullsperger Farm was acquired in 1918,  when 80 acres was bought by Frank and Henry Ullsperger .

They produced corn, cattle, beans  and wheat.

In 1978 Francis and Louise Ullsperger became owners of the farm. In  1988,  Jerome and Louise became owners in a life estate.

In 1996, nieces and nephews of Jerome Ullsperger, which include Amy Ullsperger-Allgood and Andrew Ullsperger, became owners of this land. In  2011 it is now known as Ullsperger farms and owned by nieces and nephews of Jerome Ullsperger.

Weaver, Lane have best tasting lemonade at Lemon Days

NEBRASKA CITY – Tiger Weaver and Mylie Lane both thought having a lemonade stand contest be a part of Lemon Days in Nebraska City was “cool,” especially since they both took home the top prize for the best tasting lemonade on Saturday.

The first ever lemonade stand contest included 12 different stands, featuring different flavors of lemonade, lemon-flavored treats and a chance for children to add to their piggy banks.

Weaver says making their lemonade stand, which included boards painted in two coats of yellow, gradient scripted writing and a chalk board, didn’t take long at all.

“The painting took a little long, because we had to wait for the paint to dry before adding a second coat. Then finally adding the lettering.”

Their lemonade didn’t contain any secret ingredients, but they did add lavender syrup. Weaver and Lane also sold lemon bars and lemon muffins.

Faulyn Stroble took home the most creative stand prize, the best lemon snack went to Lorelei Walters, and the Callen and Walker family won the People’s Choice Award.

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