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Alvo Newsletter, July 9th, 2014


Wednesday, July 16th, the Fire Department will be conducting pump operations training - there may be intermittent water pressure changes as we open and close hydrant valves.

Some Sky Images from Monday evening, July 7th.

Before the rain

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After the storm

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It looked a lot worse than it was.

- Copyright


Alvo's 50th Anniversary was celebrated in July, 1940.


Here is an account of the week's festivities.

Commemorate Half Century

This week Alvo townspeople and country people have been busily engaged in celebrating the half century mark of the little town of Alvo.

The celebration opened with a full day of special services at the church, which has been in Alvo 49 years since its removal from the country to town. Dr. Bert L. Story, district  superintendent, delivered the morning sermon. There was a basket dinner in the basement at noon. After dinner all present heard a special program. Mrs. Mark Nickel gave a very interesting history of the church. Charles Smrha, son of a former Alvo man, delivered an address on "Our Country Cousins." There was also special music.

A large number of out of town people who were former residents here, came to take part in the celebration.

Wednesday and Thursday the firemen held their annual celebration commemorating the 50 years of existence of the town.

Wednesday evening the Mothers' - Daughters' Council club sponsored a program. C. M. Skyles of Lincoln told about the first school at Alvo, of which he was teacher.

Thursday evening the Reading Club presented a program.

The whisker business was climaxed with a parade.

It was a most interesting celebration and well attended.

From "Remembering Yesterdays... Alvo and Its People" compiled by Patricia Umland, 1987


Thank you all from Alvo Fire Department and Alvo Rescue Squad!


Thanks for a safe and sane Independence Day celebration in and around Alvo. There were no fires started by straying fireworks and no fireworks injuries for the entire weekend. We truly appreciate getting to enjoy the holiday without any fire or rescue calls!


Full Moon July 12th, 6:25 AM


Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Autumn
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 06:02 AM 08:59 PM 14:57 76
Thursday, July 10, 2014 06:03 AM 08:58 PM 14:55 75
Friday, July 11, 2014 06:04 AM 08:58 PM 14:54 74
Saturday, July 12, 2014 06:04 AM 08:58 PM 14:54 73
Sunday, July 13, 2014 06:05 AM 08:57 PM 14:52 72
Monday, July 14, 2014 06:06 AM 08:56 PM 14:50 71
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 06:07 AM 08:56 PM 14:49 70

Not abnormally dry as long as Mother Nature still gives us moisture in Cass County.

Nebraska Drought Monitor Map as of July 3rd, 2014

Spr2012 to Spr2013

Even though our part of the state is almost normal for moisture, over half (53.46%) is still abnormally dry or suffering from moderate drought. Unfortunately, the dryer areas include primarily agricultural land. I know that no one has pushed water conservation this summer, but we should conserve water the year round. Ground water levels (drinking, irrigation and livestock wells) have dropped as much as 5 feet in Cass County and most of the state, especiallythe eastern half have seen as much as a 10 foot drop or more in ground water levels as shown in this one year map.

Surface water helps keep lawns and crops green, but growning plants put that water back into the atmosphere. When there is a lot of runoff, that heavy rainfall doesn't replace the ground water. If we don't don't conserve now, communities (like Alvo) will need to dig deeper or more wells to supply residents with water for drinking, cooking and fire protection. Think about planting drought resistant grasses and plants for your lawn instead of pumping hundreds of gallons on your bluegrass, which just means you have to mow it more often.

“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” ― Jacues Yves Cousteau

“Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea." - George Carlin

“I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours." - Kurt Vonnegut


This week in History

July 9th

1776 - The American Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York.

1868 - The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

1872 - The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel.

1878 - The corncob pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe.

1943 - American and British forces made an amphibious landing on Sicily.

1947 - The engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced.

1971 - The United States turned over complete responsibility of the Demilitarized Zone to South Vietnamese units.

1997 - Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing ring and fined $3 million for biting the ear of opponent Evander Holyfield.

2005 - Danny Way, a daredevil skateboarder, rolled down a large ramp and jumped across the Great Wall of China. He was the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid.

July 10th

1776 - The statue of King George III was pulled down in New York City.

1866 - Edison P. Clark patented his indelible pencil.

1890 - Wyoming became the 44th state to join the United States.

1900 - ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.

1910 - W.R. Brookins became the first to fly an airplane at an altitude of one mile.

1928 - George Eastman first demonstrated color motion pictures.

1938 - Howard Hughes completed a 91 hour flight around the world.

1940 - The 114-day Battle of Britain began during World War II.

1951 - Armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean conflict began at Kaesong.

1953 - American forces withdraw from Pork Chop Hill in Korea after heavy fighting.

1985 - Coca-Cola resumed selling the old formula of Coke, it was renamed "Coca-Cola Classic." It was also announced that they would continue to sell "New" Coke.

1997 - Scientists in London said DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton supported a theory that all humanity descended from an "African Eve" 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

1998 - The U.S. military delivered the remains of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Blassie to his family in St. Louis. He had been placed in Arlington Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown in 1984. His identity had been confirmed with DNA tests.

July 11th

1533 - Henry VIII, who divorced his wife and became head of the church of England, was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Clement VII.

1798 - The U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by "An Act for Establishing a Marine Corps" passed by the U.S. Congress. The act also created the U.S. Marine Band. The Marines were first commissioned by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.

1804 - The first secretary of the treasury of the US, Alexander Hamilton, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.

1864 - Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early began an invasion of Washington, DC. They turned back the next day.

1955 - The U.S. Air Force Academy was dedicated in Colorado at Lowry Air Base.

1960 - In Honolulu, the first tournament held outside the continental US sanctioned by the US Golf Association, began.

1972 -US forces broke the 95-day siege at An Loc in Vietnam.

1977 - The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.

1985 - Dr. H. Harlan Stone announced that he had used zippers for stitches on 28 patients. The zippers were used when he thought he may have to re-operate.

1995 - Full diplomatic relations were established between the United States and Vietnam.

1998 - USAF Lt. Michael Blassie, a casualty of the Vietnam War, was laid to rest near his Missouri home. He had been positively identified from his remains that had been enshrined in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, VA.

2008 - Apple released the iPhone 3G.

 July 12th

1543 - England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.

1862 - The U.S. Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.

1864 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln witnessed the battle where Union forces repelled Jubal Early's army on the outskirts of Washington, DC.

1933 - A minimum wage of 40 cents an hour was established in the U.S.

1954 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a highway modernization program, with costs to be shared by federal and state governments.

1957 - US surgeon general Leroy E. Burney reported there was a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.

1960 - Manufacturing began for the Etch-A-Sketch.

1974 - John Ehrlichman, former aide to President Nixon, and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist.

1984 - Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named US Representative Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.

July 13th

1787 - The U.S. Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, enacted the Northwest Ordinance, which established the rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for admitting new states to the Union and limiting the expansion of slavery.

1954 - In Geneva, the United States, Great Britain and France reached an accord on Indochina which divided Vietnam into two countries, North and South, along the 17th parallel.

1978 - Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.

1984 - In Arkansas, Terry Wallis was injured in a car accident and was left comatose. He came out of the coma in June of 2003.

2000 - The United States and Vietnam singed a major trade agreement. The pact still needed to be approved by the U.S. Congress.

July 14th

1789 - French Revolution began with Parisians stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside.

1798 - The U.S. Congress passed the Sedition Act. The act made it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the U.S. government.

1914 - Robert H. Goddard patented liquid rocket-fuel.

1933 - All German political parties except the Nazi Party were outlawed.

1945 - American battleships and cruisers bombarded the Japanese home islands for the first time.

1951 - The George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, MO, became the first national park to honor an African American.

2008 - The iTunes Music Store reached 10 million applications downloaded.

2009- The iTunses Music Store reached 1.5 billion applications downloaded.

July 15th

1870 - Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.

1904 - The first Buddhist temple in the US was established in Los Angeles.

1916 - In Seattle, Pacific Aero Products was incorporated by William Boeing. The company was later renamed Boeing Co.

1918 - The Second Battle of the Marne began during World War I.

1942 - The first supply flight from India to China over the 'Hump' was carried to help China's war effort.

1987 - Taiwan ended thirty-seven years of martial law.

2009 - "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was released in theaters in the U.S. It was the sixth movie in the series.


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