Monday, December 17, 2018

alvo news, april 12th, 2017



IRS week is here!


The next three weekends are going to be busy right here in Alvo - This Saturday (22nd) is the Country Music Show fundraiser for Alvo Methodist Church; next Saturday (29th) is the Alvo Alumni Banquet; Saturday, May 6th is the Fire Department Car Show.


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Thanks to Karen for the Nebraska State flag - it will fly until March 1st, 2018 to celebrate Nebraska 150.


Come get your wood chips! They are for your use 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.


Nebraska had the first tornado warning over the weekend - near Thedford. We are now in the spring severe weather time, so pay attention to TV, radio, your cell phone, tablet or desktop. Invest in a weather radio with a battery backup for those power out situations.


 Keep Cass County Beautiful has a new website -


Gained a bit - the dryer areas are moving slightly west.- BUT a year ago we had no abnormally dry areas in the state. Southwest counties are still 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.

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Last quarter April 19th, 2017 at 04:57 AM (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.





Apr 12th, 1963 - Police used dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, AL.


Click on the image for a KPFA page with audio links.

Click HERE for the SCOTUSblog account

“Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.” – Martin Luther King


Apr 13th, 1860 - The first mail was delivered via Pony Express when a westbound rider arrived in Sacremento, CA from St. Joseph, MO.


Click on the poster for the National Park Service first ride page.


Apr 14th, 1984 - The Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state's public school textbooks describe the evolution of human beings as "theory rather than fact".

“There is no refutation of Darwinian evolution in existence. If a refutation ever were to come about, it would come from a scientist, and not an idiot.” - Richard Dawkins



Apr 15th, 1912 - The ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived.

“It hardly bears thinking about that if there had been sufficient boats that night...every soul aboard could have been saved, since it was two-and-a-half hours after she struck that she tilted her massive stern into the heavens and sank by the head, taking with her all that were unprovided for.” - Arthur Rostron, Captain of the rescue vessel Carpathia

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      Click on the image for the National Geographic story and photos


Apr 16th, 1943 - In Basel, Switzerland, chemist Albert Hoffman accidentally discovered the the hallucinogenic effects of LSD-25 while working on the medicinal value of lysergic acid.

"LSD is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be." - Albert Hofmann


Apr 17th, 1970 - Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-board accident with an oxygen tank.


Click on the image for the NASA story


Apr 18th, 1983 - The US Embassy in Beirut was blown up by a suicide car-bomber. 63 people were killed including 17 Americans.

"No one wanted to prosecute George Schultz." - Kawika


Click on the image for a New Yorker article


Supported in part by Cass County Tourism. (Click on the logo to go to the web site)




 Thanks to Clay Jones



Once again, Gary Varvel hits a homer

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