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Two tornadoes hammer Pilger (Stanton gets hit, too).

NBC Link

NBC has a NSP aerial video you can view and a storm chaser video of both tornadoes

American Al Jazera Link

KOLN Link

This link has the names of the 5 year old girl and the 74 year old man killed by the tornadoes. She was in a mobile home and he was in his vehicle (both of these are NOT places to be during a tornado).

Pilger Relief Fund

Donations can be mailed to:

Pilger Community Development Fund
c/o Midwest Bank
PO Box 346
Pilger, NE 68768

OR

You can drop your monetary donations off at any Midwest Bank location.
Midwest Bank customers can conduct business at any Midwest Bank location.

Midwest Bank Home Page

This is NOT the way to get on national news

Here's the reminder for people in Alvo - the Sheriff's Department or the Alvo Emergency personnel will not set off our warning siren for fun. If you hear it any time other than between 1000 and 1100 AM on the first Saturday of the month -

 

TAKE COVER!!!

 

Even with the rain, wind and hail, we are still abnormally dry in Cass County!!

Nebraska Drought Monitor Page

 

Good News and Bad News

Summer is just about here, but the days will start getting shorter.

 

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Summer  
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 05:53 AM 09:00 PM 15:07 3  
Thursday, June 19, 2014 05:54 AM 09:00 PM 15:06 2  
Friday, June 20, 2014 05:54 AM 09:01 PM 15:07 1  
Saturday, June 21, 2014 05:54 AM 09:01 PM 15:07 0  
Sunday, June 22, 2014 05:54 AM 09:01 PM 15:07 93 Days until autumn
Monday, June 23, 2014 05:54 AM 09:01 PM 15:07 92  
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 05:55 AM 09:01 PM 15:06 91  
 
"Today, the technology is there to give early and normally ample warning when a powerful tornado approaches. When a tornado strikes, all of us are at risk." - Spencer Bachus, Republican U.S. Representative from Alabama
 
"Nature doesn't care." - Anonymous
 
News elsewhere has overshadowed anything that's happening in our community, but I'd like to remind everyone how the newsletter works. At the top of the page are the tabs for Home, Village Office, What's New, Local Business and Community. The last four have pulldown tabs for subtopics. All the newsletters since the first can be read under what's new, activities are kept under upcoming events, ads for local enterprises is under local businesses and Alvo history and community organizations information is under community organizations. Kind of makes sense, doesn't it?
 
So everything ever published in the newsletter is still here - you just have to look for it.
 
Once again - it would really, really be nice to know when birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, parole hearings, weddings, divorces, adoptions, births and deaths occur so that both the joy and grief can be shared.
 
"Shared joy is increased; shared grief is lessened." - Spider Robinson, author of Callahan's Crosstime Saloon
 
Which brings up another point - those who want to help establish a community library should meet and discuss ways and means. The Fire and Rescue meeting room is available at no charge to Alvo organizations and it's air conditioned. (It is still 80 degrees Fahrenheit at 11:50 PM.)
 
"A community is a group of people who have come together, and they work and they live to try and improve the standard of living and quality of life - and I don't mean money." - William Baldwin
 
This week in history

June 18, 1812 - After much debate, the U.S. Senate voted 19 to 13 in favor of a declaration of war against Great Britain, prompted by Britain's violation of America's rights on the high seas and British incitement of Indian warfare on the Western frontier. The next day, President James Madison officially proclaimed the U.S. to be in a state of war. The War of 1812 lasted over two years and ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium on December 24, 1814.

June 18, 1815 - On the fields near Waterloo in central Belgium, 72,000 French troops, led by Napoleon, suffered a crushing military defeat from a combined Allied army of 113,000 British, Dutch, Belgian, and Prussian troops. Thus ended 23 years of warfare between France and the other powers of Europe. Napoleon was then sent into exile on the island of St. Helena off the coast of Africa. On May 5, 1821, the former vain-glorious Emperor died alone on the tiny island, abandoned by everyone.

June 18, 1983 - Dr. Sally Ride, a 32-year-old physicist and pilot, became the first American woman in space, beginning a six-day mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Birthday - British explorer George Mallory (1886-1924) was born in Mobberley, Cheshire, England. When asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, he simply answered, "Because it is there." He disappeared while climbing through the mists toward its summit on the morning of June 8, 1924. His body, perfectly preserved due to the cold conditions, was discovered by climbers in 1999, just 600 meters (2,030 feet) from the summit.

June 19, 1953 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by electrocution at Sing Sing Prison in New York. They had been found guilty of providing vital information on the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union during 1944-45. They were the first U.S. civilians to be sentenced to death for espionage and were also the only married couple ever executed together in the U.S.

Birthday - Baseball great Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) was born in New York City. He played in 2,130 consecutive games and seven World Series for the New York Yankees and had a lifetime batting average of .340. He contracted the degenerative muscle disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now called 'Lou Gehrig's disease,' and died on June 2, 1941.

June 20, 1782 - The U.S. Congress officially adopted the Great Seal of the United States of America.

Birthday - American military hero and actor Audie Murphy (1924-1971) was born in Kingston, Texas. He was the most decorated American soldier of World War II, awarded 37 medals and decorations, including the Medal of Honor for single-handedly turning back a German infantry company by climbing on a burning U.S. tank destroyer and firing its .50-cal. machine gun, killing 50 Germans. He later became an actor in western and war movies and made 45 films including; The Red Badge of Courage (1951), Destry (1954), and To Hell and Back (1955), based on his autobiography. He died May 28, 1971, in a plane crash near Roanoke, Virginia.

June 21, 1964 - Three white civil rights workers - James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner - left Meridian, Mississippi, at 9 a.m. to investigate a church burning. They were expected back by 4 p.m. When they failed to return, a search was begun. Their murdered bodies were discovered on August 4th.

Birthday - French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was born in Paris. Dubbed the "father of existentialism," in 1964, he rejected the Nobel Prize for Literature when it was awarded to him.

Birthday - Britain's Prince William (William Arthur Philip Louis) was born in London, June 21, 1982.

June 22, 1918 - A Michigan Central Railroad troop train struck the rear of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train in Ivanhoe, Indiana. Fifty-three circus performers were killed. Of the circus animals not killed, most were maimed and had to be destroyed. The performers, of whom only three could be identified, were buried in a mass grave.

June 22, 1941 - Starting at 3:15 am, some 3.2 million German soldiers plunged headlong into Russia across an 1800-mile front, in a major turing point of World War II. At 7 am that morning, a proclamation from Hitler to the German people announced, "At this moment a march is taking place that, for its extent, compares with the greatest the world has ever seen..."

June 23, 1865 - The last formal surrender of Confederate troops occurred as Cherokee leader and Confederate Brigadier General Watie surrendered his battalion comprised of American Indians in the Oklahoma Territory.

June 24, 1948 - Soviet Russia began a blockade of Berlin. Two days later the Allies responded with an emergency airlift to relieve two million isolated West Berliners. During the Berlin Airlift, American and British planes flew about 278,000 flights, delivering 2.3 million tons of food, coal and medical supplies. A plane landed in Berlin every minute from eleven Allied staging areas in West Germany. The Russians lifted their blockade of Berlin on May 12, 1949, however the airlift continued until September 30th.

June 24, 2010 - Labor Party deputy Julia Gillard became Australia's first female Prime Minister. She was born in Wales and had moved to Australia as a child. She worked as a lawyer before entering politics.

Birthday - Boxing champ Jack Dempsey (1895-1983) was born in Manassa, Colorado. Dubbed "The Manassa Mauler," he reigned as world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. Following his boxing career, he became a successful New York restaurant operator.

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