Several months ago, you received a cross connection survey form with your water bill - some of you have not completed and returned the form. Darrell Haynes, our water operator, will be visiting you soon and will ask you to complete the form and give it to him. This survey is required by Nebraska Law. If you're not home, you can complete the form in the Village Office on Saturday morning. Thank you from the Village Board.
Change to the newsletter - since the letter is prepared on Tuesdays for the Wednesday publication, that is the date you'll see on the header.
We have 21 local businesses who are listed on the local business page (click on the link, it's easy). Each week, one of the businesses will be featured - please support these folks, they're your neighbors.
Snow is falling - we need the moisture - but it's painful getting it this way - if you are driving or walking, be very careful, visibility is very poor and roads, sidewalks and steps are very slippery.
As I write this, people are running into one another and volunteer fire and rescue departments are responding. State, county and city law enforcement officers may be getting paid, but they are at risk when responding to these incidents.
Also - take it easy if you're moving snow - we don't need to come to your house because of the chest pain.
The propane guy just filled the Fire & Rescue Station tank - so it will be warm at the Village Board meeting.
Winter in Alvo, February 4th, 2014
February 4th, 2014 unedited. Edited - don't believe everything you see any more.
Images by the editor (would have taken more, but the camera got cold).
Elinor (Lin) Benjamin suggested that we start a lending library in Alvo. How it works is that to borrow - not take and keep - a book, you leave a book you are willing to share with your neighbors. When you bring a book back, you can either take another book or leave. If you are interested and want to clear your shelves of books you have memorized - email me at
If you don't speak email - spend the forever stamp and drop a line to: Editor, 135 Main Street, Alvo, NE 68304.
If you would like to give an hour or two of your time as the librarian once a week or month, that would be great - a chance to meet the literary population of our community - and catch up on gossip, excuse me, events in and around the village. We could call this the Alvo Lending Library - catchy, yes?
Stuff that happened on this date.
1703 - In Edo (now Tokyo), 46 of the Forty-Seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death.
1789 - 1st US electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President and Vice-President
1794 - French National Convention proclaims abolishment of slavery
1822 - Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa
1824 - J W Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to public
1846 - Mormons leave Nauvoo, Mo for settlement in west
1847 - 1st US telegraph co established in Maryland
1849 - University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students
1854 - Alvan Bovay proposes name "Republican Party," Ripon, Wisconsin
1861 - Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time in Montgomery. AL, GA, FL, LA, MS & SC elect Jefferson Davis president of Confederacy
1864 - Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
1865 - Hawaiian Board of Education formed
Confederate General Robert E. Lee
1865 - Robert E. Lee is named commander-in-chief of Confederate Army
Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy
1866 - Mary Baker Eddy cures her injuries by opening a bible - She actually was sick most of her life
1899 - Revolt against US occupation of Philippines
1913 - Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim
1920 - 1st flight from London to South Africa takes-off (lasts 1½ months)
1924 - 1st Winter Olympic games close at Chamonix France
1932 - Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria - Beginning of what would be World War II
1933 - German President Von Hindenburg limits freedom of the press
1936 - 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
1938 - Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazis in key posts
1939 - Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-min mile beyond human effort
1941 - United Service Organization (USO) founded
1942 - Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US general wounded in action in WW II
1944 - US 7th Infantry Division captures Kwajalein
1945 - FDR, Churchill & Stalin meet at Yalta
1951 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Sonya Klopfer
1951 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button - Announces most major skating events
Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
1952 - 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)
1957 - 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY) - What's a typewriter?
1962 - Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game - They also invented the first airplane
1964 - FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City - Most say "What" a lot
1969 - Yassar Arafat takes over as chairman of PLO - A real peace lover
1971 - Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks - So they wouldn't feel ignored
1971 - British jet engine maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
1971 - National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
1972 - 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
1972 - Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
1974 - Patricia Hearst (19), daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army
1976 - 12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria
1982 - Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47m) Tacoma Wash - Latest record is over 200 feet
1985 - 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture - US troops used waterboarding against Filipino rebels in 1899
1986 - Israeli fighters intercept Libyan executive jet - forced it to land - in 1973 they shot down a 727
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
1987 - Pres Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress - If he was president, the Keystone XL pipeline would be built
1988 - Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges - He learned about drug dealing from his CIA handlers
1991 - Hall of Fame's board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose - Like none of them ever bet on a baseball game
1991 - US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents
1993 - Admiral William Studeman ends term as acting director of CIA
1994 - Merlene Ottey runs world record 50 m indoor (6.00 sec) - Former Husker and still world class at 52 - Go Merlene!
1997 - Secretary of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
1997 - En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
1998 - Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium
1999 - Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city - It's better to shoot someone unarmed - they can't shoot back
2003 - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
2012 - Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland
2013 - 20 people are killed after an apartment building was struck by a rocket in Aleppo, Syria
2013 - 22 people are killed and 44 are injured after a suicide bombing in Taji, Iraq
2013 - Europol announces it will investigate over 680 football matches alleged to involve match fixing - That's really important when people are shooting rockets and wearing suicide vests
"Water and air, the two universal fluids, have become global garbage cans." - Jacques Yves Cousteau