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alvo news, december 21st, 2016

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Santa Claus flight tracker 2016 - click on the NORAD logo for the Santa Tracker site to see where Santa delivered gifts world wide with music feed from the USAF Academy Band, Royal Canadian Navy Band, US Coast Guard Band US Merchant Marine Academy Band and the NORAD Commanders, apps for your Android or iPhone, games, and a whole bunch of other stuff. The site is aimed at kiddos, but I know more than one legal adult that will likely browse, especially the adults should take a look at Operation Goodwill in Santa's Library.


A bit of personal history - as a single Intercept Director & Weapons Director at McChord AFB (25th Air Division) from 1971-1974 I would cover Christmas Eve shifts for married buddies so they could be with wives and kids,  my team kept track of Santa's flight from the North Pole. We didn't have the internet then, so telephone interviews and if they got clearance, local TV anchors would be allowed in operations to report on Santa's progress. NORAD has tracked Santa since 1955. Click HERE to read how it all got started.



Great giving spirit from  Round the Bend Steakhouse and their customers!! - over 35 veteran and military families braved Nebraska winter weather to receive the gifts brought by RTB customers for the first Sgt. Kringle's Kids program sponsored by theMarine Corps League, Marine Corps League Auxiliary and Round The Bend Steakhouse. Mahalo Nui Loa to TJ and Tifini - no lumps of coal in your stockings this year!!!


Go Grad

Here's a link for veterans who want to get an advanced degree, but don't think they can jump through the bureaucratic hoops or can't take the time to attend on campus - it's called GoGrad and it supports not-for-profit colleges and universites. I can't vouch for this organization, so use it at your own risk.




New moon Thursday, December 29th at 12:51 AM

First day of Winter on December 21st at 04:41 AM

Day Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Winter/Spring
Wed, Dec 21 07:47 AM 05:01 PM CST 9:14 0
Thu, Dec 22 07:47 AM 05:02 PM CST 9:15 88
Fri, Dec 23 07:48 AM 05:02 PM CST 9:14 87
Sat, Dec 24 07:48 AM 05:03 PM CST 9:15 86
Sun, Dec 25 07:49 AM 05:03 PM CST 9:14 85
Mon, Dec 26 07:49 AM 05:04 PM CST 9:15 84
Tue, Dec 27 07:49 AM 05:05 PM CST 9:16 83

See! the days are getting longer! 





Dec 21st, 1620 - The "Mayflower", and its passengers, pilgrims from England, landed at Plymouth Rock, MA.

"My forefathers did not come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat." - Will Rogers

2002 - Larry Mayes was released after spending 21 years in prison for a rape that maintained that he never committed. He was the 100th person in the U.S. to be released after DNA tests were performed.

"April 25th is DNA day. you probably had no idea." - Ann Wojcicki

“With DNA, the ability to find out a lot more with a lot less has increased our ability for identification.” - Patricia Cornwell


Dec 22nd, 1895 - German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray, of his wife's hand.

"I did not think, I experimented." - Wilhelm Röntgen


Dec 23rd, 1968 - The crew of the USS Pueblo, was released by North Korea. The Captain of the Pueblo, Commander Lloyd M. Bucher, and 82 of his crew were held for 11 months after the ship was seized by North Korea because of alleged spying by the Americans.

Lloyd Bucher called Boys Town his home and was a scholarship football player at the University of Nebraska - he was vilified for years for surrendering the Pueblo. Shane Osborn landed a P3 in China and became Nebraska State Treasurer.


Dec 24th, 1814 - The War of 1812 between the US and Britain was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium. The Battle of New Orleans took place from January 8th to 18th of 1815.

"It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes." - Andrew Jackson


Dec 25th, 1776 - General George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, NJ.

“Let them come… Why defenses? We will go at them with the bayonet.” - Johann Rall, Hessian Commander


Dec 26th, 1996 - Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, CO.

"I don't want anyone to forget." - Burke Ramsey, brother



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