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Ashley Leonardo's first baby was due on Christmas.

But when a blizzard made the day look like a snow globe in a centrifuge, the Elmwood woman decided she'd rather wait until Dec. 26.

And she did.

Sort of.

Her water broke at 7:30 Christmas night. Her midwife told her to get to the hospital.

Not long after, she and her fiancé got stuck in a snow drift on their way to Omaha. Ethan Homan, the baby's father, freed his pickup and turned back south to Elmwood.

He stopped at the fire station and offered $100 to anyone who would plow a path to Omaha.

Instead, Mike Krass and Ed Blunt offered to do it for nothing.

Blunt is volunteer captain of the rescue squad. Krass, another squad volunteer who works for the county, made some calls and lined up plows after determining medical helicopters couldn't fly in the storm.

They loaded Leonardo into the ambulance at 9:23 p.m. and headed into the teeth of the blizzard.

They chose to go north for two reasons. First, they received reports a jack-knifed semi was blocking U.S. 34 to Lincoln. Second, Leonardo had planned to deliver at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

They took Nebraska 1 as Homan followed behind in his pickup. Road grader operator Josh Bornemeier busted drifts.

Just east of Murdock, they turned back north on 310 Street, a paved county road.

Good thing grader operator Brad Rikli joined the caravan, because they encountered more drifts on the county road. Between snow piles, blowing snow and icy roads, the procession was lucky to hit a top speed of 25 mph.

Krass drove the ambulance. Blunt and Theresa Brown, a nurse who also volunteers with the rescue squad, monitored the young mother.

"She was a very good patient," Blunt said. "She calmed us down, you might say."

Leonardo recalled feeling at ease despite the tense situation. In part, she knew she was in good hands.

"I couldn't see out the front so I couldn't see what we were coming up to," she said. "So that probably helped."

Near Round the Bend Steakhouse, the convoy rolled up to the Mother of all Snow Drifts.

The plow drivers launched their assault, backing up and pounding the drift repeatedly. This thing was so big they found a car nearly buried inside - with people still in it, Blunt said.

Finally, they made it to Spur 13E, more commonly known as East Park Highway. Plow driver Mike Stubbendeck joined in and helped escort the ambulance to Interstate 80.

From there to UNMC, the going was relatively easy, Blunt said. They wheeled Leonardo into the hospital at 11:10 p.m.

A 42-mile drive had taken nearly to two hours.

As it turned out, labor took a lot longer.

Rune Leonardo Homan was born at 8:22 p.m. Dec. 26.

Looking back makes Leonardo appreciate her community even more than before, she said.

"They did an awesome job and I'm so thankful we have people in our town that will do that for each other."

After getting a cup of coffee at the hospital, the ambulance crew drove back to Elmwood.

Many of the drifts were sealing shut, but they made it all the way back to the driveway in front of the fire station.

And that's where the ambulance got stuck.

Fund-raiser for Band Trip

Saturday January 16th 2009
9am-Midnight @ Murdock - Band Room

Come Scrap With Us!! Here is an uninterrupted 15 hours to work on those scrapbooks you've been meaning to start or finish!
Fill in the following information and send to:
Cindy Hovorka
409 310th St
Elmwood, NE 68349

Name: _____________________________
City:__________ State:____ Zip:________
Basic Registration, $25.00 $________
Electric Outlet @ Table, $5 $________
***Tables very limited
Total Enclosed: $________
Contact us with questions:

Cindy @ 994-5995 cindyhovorka@windstream.net
Kristy @ 994-2545 kkmiller5@hotmail.com

Location: Murdock Jr Sr High School
Cancellations received by January 8th will receive full refunds. NO REFUNDS after that, but you may send someone else in your place.

We will be ordering food this time!
From Bulldogs or CD's!!
Because we are scrapbookers also, we know while you are collecting the parts for your hobby you came up with some clunkers, or you have extras of something you are just tired of.

We are having a garage sale that you are invited to contribute to. The proceeds will go 100% to our Post-Prom. You can clear a little space and find some new treasures at great prices!



Acting Up in Class" is Okay at the Lofte
At the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley, acting up in class is not only accepted, but strongly encouraged.  Back by popular demand, the Lofte is gathering its most talented artists in a classroom environment to teach and prepare young actors and actresses.  Four separate classroom sessions will cover Acting Basics, Intro to Dance, Vocal Audition and Stage Combat.

This one-day theater workshop will take place on Saturday, January 23 from 10am to 2:30pm.  Enrollment is open to young people ages 10-18 at any level of experience.  Space for this event is limited and slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  Classes will run from 10am-2:30pm on Saturday, January 23rd.  Participants should plan on arriving fifteen minutes early for check-in. 

Tuition for the one-day workshop is $50 per student and includes a box lunch.  Each student will also receive a graduation gift.  Questions may be directed to Anne Pope at LoftePR@Lofte.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  To obtain a registration sheet, please call the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or download it at  www.Lofte.com




January 11th, 2010 Red Cross is going to be at the Elmwood Fire Hall from 2-6pm.  Call

Joann at 402-994-5095 to make an appointment. Walk ins are welcome.


Booster Club Meeting Attention all 7-12th grade parents:
There will be a very important Booster Club meeting at 7:00 p.m. on February 11, 2010. It will be at the Elementary School the same night as Parent-Teacher Conferences. We will have the meeting in the Teacher's Lounge/Lunch Room. We need as many of you as possible as we will be electing officers for the rest of this year and next. See Tim Allemang at 867-2341 or email me at tallemang@esu3.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Hope to see a lot of you there!


Jamming Workshop

The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Jamming Workshop on Saturday, January 9, from 1 PM - 3 PM.   Championship fiddler and fiddle book author, Deborah Greenblatt will share some hints to help you play in a jam session with minimum stress, and maximum music.  Pre-registration is required, enrollment is limited, and there is a $20.00 fee.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to debby@greenblattandseay.com


A note from Mom...you didn't think you had heard the last from her, did you?

Let it snow, let it snow, let is snow.  Who said that?  It's time for a break from the snow!  We've already had enough to last for one winter but the prediction is for even more.  The snowfall this year has really tested everyone's ability to scoop their snow.  We were snowed in over Christmas until Sunday that week.  Luckily our neighbors came to our rescue and helped dig us out and the skating rink.  It is very important to keep the sidewalks cleared.  People were using snow blowers, scoop shovels, and four wheelers and tractors with blades to move the snow.  Thank goodness there are people like the Bruns, Troy Callaway, Kerry Keil, John Sage, and many others who have the tools to move this much snow for us.

Dan Spaulding and crew has been working double time to keep the streets clear.  Many times over the last few weeks I've woke up in the middle of the night to see Dan in his blue truck and blade clearing D Street and 6th Street. And then I would see him throughout the day, too.  Does that man ever sleep?  I know he had help from others and we owe them all a big thank you for their efforts over the last month.  We appreciate how hard they work to clear the streets so we can get to where we need to go.  This week the crews are removing the huge piles of snow on main street in preparation for the snow that is supposed to come this week.  My main destination is CD's Express for food, pop and cheesestick for Joe.  Lucky for us they carry a simple line of groceries that we need to keep going.  We've eaten a lot of fried egg sandwiches lately.  It's so nice to have the groceries available so we don't have to try to get to town for food.  Don't forget to take advantage of their groceries.  You can also get meat from the Elmwood Meat Plant!  Another local haunt for me is Bits N Pieces.  This satisfies my need to shop and I always find things that I can't live without.  Stop in and see what they have that you can't live without!  The skating rink has been hopping with kids and families that are tired of being cooped up with each other.  We've had a lot of fun with the kids skating, playing dodgeball, and dancing the Hoedown Throwdown.

Our family has been enjoying the time together when we are snowed in.  We've played board games, the Wii, and read books.  I'm happy to report that we aren't totally sick of each other yet!  Give us a few more weeks.

I hope everyone is ready for the next go round of snow.  Don't forget to check on your neighbors and if you are able, shovel their walk for them.  They will greatly appreciate the break.  Our neighbor, Kevin Poole has often cleared our front sidewalk for us and we really appreciate it.  If you are going for groceries, check with your neighbor, see if they need something.  Drive carefully, take your time, and watch out for the other guy.  We'll get through this winter together and spring will come around again...it always has!



Platte Valley Tumbling is a great place to bring your child, boy or girl, to have a chance to work build self-confidence, endurance and flexibility! www.plattevalleytumbling.com

Only $40 a month!

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