Tuesday, December 11, 2018

New Year's Day, 2014


It's 2014, Alvoans!

If you are reading this - congratulations, you survived 2013, which is no small accomplishment. I won't dwell on the world, national and state occurrences in 2013. Others way above my pay grade are doing that in nauseating detail. I think that most of the people that read the random ramblings seen here are from in and around this little community - although I can't be sure. I can't even tell how many besides me access this site. Maybe reading the Alvo Newsletter is like gas - everyone has it but nobody admits it.

Here goes for Alvo events - Some good, some bad and some in between.

Those no longer with us -

Alvo - Jesse Osmon, June 7th; Gordon Ganz, April 4th

Eagle - Ashli Brown, November 22nd; Joyce Bennett, September 16th,Taylon Artman, August 27th; Andrew Hackler, August 3rd; John Melton, June 8th; Douglas Schrader, May 28th; James Jones, May 23rd; Donna Mang, April 11th

Greenwood - Billy Tucker, October 13th, Margo Woitzel, September 23rd; Jim Lee, August 21st; Mary Woitzel, May 24th

Weeping Water - Bob Hanes, June 12th - included because he has ties to Alvo

 Taken from on line records - not guaranteed to be complete

  130 Russell 5  130 Russell 11

Doesn't look that bad - but it is a total loss!

Major event - Wilhelm propane explosion - Neil is back to work part time and continuing rehabilitation. They are hoping to build a new home next to the park. This is a long road to full recovery, both health and house wise.

Bee save 14Bee save 6Burn 8AFD Barn Burn 3AFD Barn Burn 12

 Alvo Urban Improvement I - Fire barn bees relocated and old station knocked down and burned. Suggestions for use of single 25 X 125 village lot?

200 block Main 5200 block Main 9

It should look pretty good next spring - which is only 78 days away

Alvo Urban Improvement II - Auction of Holmes estate lots and house north of 2nd and Main. The new owners, Gary Bornemeier, Ivan Boettner and Ryan Anderson have removed trash, derelict buildings and created (if the drought doesn't prevent it) level green space instead of trashy weeds and stumps.


Thanks to everyone who supported Neil and Jen at the Spaghetti Feed Benefit.


Fire Department

New members - Neil Huskey and Tom Patzel

31 Fire calls in 2013 - they usually require 2 to 4 firefighters and take from 30 minutes for false alarms to several hours for large structure and brush fires. Your Alvo fire personnel don't get any pay for their time spent in suppression, training and meetings. Give them a "thank you" the next time you meet.


Kelly, Karen, Dave, Dennis, Michael, Tom, Ryan, Rick, Shon, Neil   AWOL - Mike, Billy


Rescue Squad

New members - Ryan Anderson & Kelly Anderson - completed their EMT class this month - National Registry Exam is the next requirement for their EMT license.

New(er) ambulance purchased from Wilber Fire and Rescue

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The 12th Annual Alvo Car Show was successful on a very nice day - no rain and the Nebraska Department of Roads did not spread oil and chipseal on NE 63 days before the show as has happened in the past.


Alvo Car Show YouTube Link


peace on earth

Alvo United Methodist Church News

Pastor Dorthea Fairbanks became the new pastor last summer - see her comments about Christmas in last week's newsletter. The fall soup supper was a good time - again.


Finally, we are finally getting a minute more sunlight each day.


Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours
Wednesday, January 01, 2014 7:50:00 AM 5:08:00 PM 9:18:00
Thursday, January 02, 2014 7:50:00 AM 5:09:00 PM 9:19:00
Friday, January 03, 2014 7:50:00 AM 5:10:00 PM 9:20:00
Saturday, January 04, 2014 7:50:00 AM 5:11:00 PM 9:21:00
Sunday, January 05, 2014 7:50:00 AM 5:12:00 PM 9:22:00
Monday, January 06, 2014 7:50:00 AM 5:13:00 PM 9:23:00
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 7:50:00 AM 5:14:00 PM 9:24:00




OK folks - I know it's beating a very dead horse - but come on now, I know more is happening here than I know about. Alvo is not just fire and rescue calls - there are joys and sadness and I understand not wanting to share grief, even though that eases pain, but shared joy is increased for both the sharer and shareel


I have mostly had a good time with this newsletter along with some frustrations - the major one is I don't know if anyone reads it!!! I don't care whether you like it or not - but let me know either way - PLEASE!




"Let's be careful out there." - Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, Hill Street Blues (Michael Conrad)

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