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Happy April - the first full Spring month!
Thanks to Karen for the Nebraska State flag - it will fly until March 1st, 2018 to celebrate Nebraska 150.
Wonder what the piles of wood chips are for next to the water tower? They are for you if you need mulch for your trees, gardening or landscaping. They are from the trees being removed along Highway 63 as part of the Alvo North reconstruction project. Thank the Nebraska Department of Roads for donating them to the people in Alvo.
Keep Cass County Beautiful has a new website - http://www.
Let's be careful out there - it's fertilizer, tillage and planting season.
March is also the time when farm equipment is going to be on the roads and highways.
Basic Rules about farm equipment versus cars and pickups:
1. They're a lot heavier than your Prius.
2. They travel much slower than your Dodge Ram with the chip.
3. The tractor and the equipment are much wider than your Cadillac.
4. Field entrances aren't marked.
5. And most important - if you hit farm equipment, you'll lose.
Now it's getting worse - this week almost 41% of the state is in abnormally dry or moderate drought condition. All the Kansas border counties are partially or completely abnormally dry. Southwest counties are suffering moderate drought. There is hope for some rain, but for the last few years, rain has been spotty all over the state. Click on the map for the whole country.
First quarter April 3rd, 2017 at 01:29 PM (Central daylight time)
Click on this animated moon for what the moon looks like now.
Data is from the US Naval Observatory.
As you think about planting your garden click on the moon for the Old Farmer's Almanac moon phase planting calendar for Nebraska.
"Change is the end result of true learning." - Leo Buscaglia
Mar 29th, 1995 - The House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment that would have limited terms to 12 years in the House and Senate.
"This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer." - Will Rogers
Mar 30th, 1946 - The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
"We didn't defeat the Nazis by becoming Nazis." - Nick Clooney
Mar 31st, 2004 - Google Inc. announced that it would be introducing a free e-mail service called Gmail.
“We're now seeing email that people thought they had deleted showing up as evidence in court. You can't erase email. As that becomes more commonly realized, people will be a little wiser about what they type.” – Judith Martin
Apr 1st, 2001 - China began holding 24 crewmembers of a US Navy surveillance plane. The EP-3E crew had made an emergency landing after an in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot was missing and presumed dead. The crew was released on April 11, 2001. The pilot was Nebraskan Lt. Shane Osborn
Click on the image for details.
Apr 2nd, 1984 - John Thompson became the first black coach to lead his team to the NCAA college basketball championship.
"You can calm down a fool before you can resurrect a corpse." - Coach John Thompson
Apr 3rd, 1946 - Lt. General Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed in the Philippines.
Click on the image for a Bataan Death March historical site.
Apr 4th, 1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39.
"We can't answer King's assassination with violence. That would be the worst tribute we could pay him." - Sammy Davis, Jr.
1975 - More than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a USAF transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashed just after takeoff from Saigon.
Click on the crash picture for a memorial page.
Supported in part by Cass County Tourism. (Click on the logo to go to the web site)
OK - these two cartoons are my Editor's take for this week. Both were drawn in 2005, but they sure fit the Vietnam War as well as 2017. Both of them were drawn by Adam Zyglis for the Buffalo Tribune. Mr. Zyglis, a salute from a veteran for telling the story of how the politicians really don't care about those of us in the green and brown and blue suits some of whom gave all and are giving all for their country. That is why on March 2nd of 2018, the American flag will be joined by the POW/MIA flag in front of our fire station.
"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." - Benjamin Franklin