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Alvo Newsletter, July 23, 2014

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The reason water pressure has been low is that the 20 plus year old pump controller is malfunctioning - not turning on the pumps when tower level drops and not turning off when the tower is full. Darrell and Ryan have been manually starting and stopping the pumps almost daily. Also, when the level drops below 20 psig, which is about 46 feet, health regulations require chlorination, which was started Tuesday morning.

The board has approved replacing the old electromechanical controller system with a solid state digital system and that will take place as soon as possible.

What you, your family and your neighbors can do to help until the new system is up and running - conserve water! Watering lawns and washing cars should be lowest on your priority list. Only run your clothes and dishwasher with full loads.


Fix dripping faucets.

Link to water loss calculator from dripping faucets

- US Geiological Survey web site

I used the calculator's formula to calculate daily loss if all 65 water customers in Alvo have 5 faucets dripping only 1 drip per minute. 30.9 gallons of water are wasted per day or 11282 gallons per year, which is over half the capacity of our 20,000 gallon water tower.


This faucent is dripping 35 drops per minute, which is 3.3 gallons per day or 1215 gallons per year - and guess what? That 1200 gallons is added to your water bill. If you have only one faucet leaking, you probably won't notice this because of how you are billed - it takes 1000 gallons to cause a monthly increase. But this is wasted water that can't be used to cook, drink or wash.

Hot weather is back!!


The old wive's tale is that the first frost happens six weeks afer locusts are heard - heard locusts last week, so according to the old wives, we could have frost the last week in August. Let's keep track and see if that happens.

When it's hot, we long for the cool weather of fall - some of dyed in the wool Nebraskans are looking forward to winter - so check out the link below and learn some tips to predict number of snow days, length of winter, its severity and how cold it will be without watching the weather channel.

Here's a link to predicting winter weather


 Days are getting shortere about 2 minutes per day

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Autumn
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 06:13 AM 08:50 PM 14:37 62
Thursday, July 24, 2014 06:14 AM 08:49 PM 14:35 61
Friday, July 25, 2014 06:15 AM 08:48 PM 14:33 60
Saturday, July 26, 2014 06:16 AM 08:47 PM 14:31 59
Sunday, July 27, 2014 06:17 AM 08:46 PM 14:29 58
Monday, July 28, 2014 06:18 AM 08:45 PM 14:27 57
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 06:19 AM 08:44 PM 14:25 56

New moon at 5:42 PM CDT, Saturday, July 26th

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 Historical events this week

July 23rd

1715 - The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.

1827 - The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA.

1904 - The ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, MO.

1914 - Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serb assassin. The dispute led to World War I.

1938 - The first federal game preserve was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - 2,000 acres in Utah.

1945 - The first passenger train observation car was placed in service by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.

1954 - A law is passed that stated that "The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to repair, equip, and restore the United States Ship Constitution, as far as may be practicable, to her original appearance, but not for active service, and thereafter to maintain the United States Ship Constitution at Boston, Massachusetts."

1958 - The submarine Nautilus departed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, under orders to conduct "Operation Sunshine." The mission was to be the first vessel to cross the north pole by ship. The Nautils achieved the goal on August 3, 1958.

1962 - The "Telstar" communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe.

1972 - The U.S. launched Landsat 1 (ERTS-1). It was the first Earth resources satellite.

1984 - Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown after it had been discovered that nude photos of her had appeared in "Penthouse" magazine. She was the first to resign the title.

1986 - Britain's Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. They divorced in 1996.

1998 - U.S. scientists at the University of Hawaii turned out more than 50 "carbon-copy" mice, with a cloning technique.

2000 - Lance Armstrong won his second Tour de France. - With the aid of performance enhancing drugs.

July 24th

1847 - Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the Great Salt Lake valley in present-day Utah.

1866 - Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the U.S. Civil War.

1929 - President Hoover proclaimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy.

1948 - Soviet occupation forces in Germany blockaded West Berlin. The U.S.-British airlift began the following day.

1956 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ended their team a decade after it began on July 25, 1946.

1969 - The Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

1974 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.

1987 - Hulda Crooks, 91 years old, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak.

July 25th

1394 - Charles VI of France issued a decree for the general expulsion of Jews from France.

1805 - Aaron Burr visited New Orleans with plans to establish a new country, with New Orleans as the capital city.

1850 - In Worcester, MA, Harvard and Yale University freshmen met in the first intercollegiate billiards match.

1850 - Gold was discovered in the Rogue River in OR.

1861 - The Crittenden Resolution, calling for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, was passed by the U.S. Congress.

1866 - Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army. He was the first American officer to hold the rank.

1868 - The U.S. Congress passed an act creating WyomingTerritory.

1909 - French aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane. He traveled from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes. He was the first man to fly across the channel.

1941 - The U.S. government froze all Japanese and Chinese assets. - And put US citizens of Japanese ancestry in concentration camps in February of 1942 (even WWI veterans were locked up). Link to a historical account

1943 - Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was arrested after being deposed by the Grand Council.

1946 - The U.S. detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. It was the first underwater test of the device.

1946 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis staged their first show as a team at Club 500 in Atlantic City, NJ.

1952 - Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.

1978 - Louise Joy Brown, first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, UK - conceived through in-vitro fertilization.

1984 - Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. She was aboard the orbiting space station Salyut 7.

1994 - Israel and Jordan formally ended the state of war that had existed between them since 1948.

1999 - Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France. He was only the second American to win the race. - With the aid of performance enhancing drugs.

2010 - WikiLeaks leaked more than 90,000 internal reports involving the U.S.- led War in Afghanistan from 2004-2010.

July 26th

1775 - A postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin.

1788 - New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1881 - Thomas Edison and Patrick Kenny execute a patent application for a facsimile telegraph (U.S. Pat. 479,184).

1907 - The USS Chester was launched. It was the first turbine-propelled ship (light cruiser).

1947 - President Truman signed The National Security Act. The act created the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1948 - Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time, when he attended the New York City premiere of the motion picture, "The Babe Ruth Story."

1948 - President Truman signed executive orders that banned discrimination in the armed forces and federal employment.

1953 - Fidel Castro began his revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. Castro eventually ousted Batista six years later.

1971 - Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL.

July 27th

1663 - The British Parliament passed a second Navigation Act, which required all goods bound for the colonies be sent in British ships from British ports.

1775 - Benjamin Rush began his service as the first Surgeon General of the Continental Army.

1777 - The marquis of Lafayette arrived in New England to help the rebellious American colonists fight the British.

 1804 - The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.

1866 - Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable - an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe.

1909 - Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. He was testing the first Army airplane and kept it in the air for 1 hour 12 minutes and 40 seconds.

1921 - Canadian biochemist Frederick Banting and associates announced the discovery of the hormone insulin

1940 - Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild Hare."

1944 - U.S. troops completed the liberation of Guam.

1953 - The armistice agreement that ended the Korean War was signed at Panmunjon, Korea.

1964 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson sent an additional 5,000 advisers to South Vietnam.

1965 - The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act became law, requiring health warnings on all cigarette packages.

1974 - The U.S. Congress asked for impeachment procedures against President Richard Nixon.

1995 - The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, by President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.

1999 - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.

2003 - It was reported by the BBC that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the "Loch Ness Monster" began in the 6th century.

2006 - Intel Corp introduced its Core 2 Duo microprocessors.

July 28th

 1865 - The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics.

1866 - The metric system was legalized by the U.S. Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States. - You can see how that stayed in effect today.

1868 - The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect, guaranteeing due process of law.

1896 - The city of Miami, FL, was incorporated.

1914 - World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

1932 - Federal troops forcibly dispersed the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington, DC. They were demanding money they were not scheduled to receive until 1945.

1945 - A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building. 14 people were killed and 26 were injured.

1951 - The Walt Disney film "Alice in Wonderland" was released.

1965 -  Presidient Johnson announced he was increasing American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.

1982 - San Francisco, CA, became the first city in the U.S. to ban handguns. - This will never happen in Nebraska or any other red state.

1998 - Serbian military forces seized the Kosovo town of Malisevo.

1998 - Monica Lewinsky received blanket immunity from prosecution to testify before a grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton.

2000 - Kathie Lee Gifford made her final appearance as co-host of the ABC's "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee."

2006 - Researchers announced that two ancient reptiles had been found off Australia. The Umoonasaurus and Opallionectes were the first of their kind to be found in the period soon after the Jurassic era. - Cretaceous Period (about 145 million years ago) - Sarah Palin thinks it was 4000 years ago.

July 29th

1773 - The first schoolhouse to be located west of the Allegheny Mountains was built in Schoenbrunn, OH.

1874 - Major Walter Copton Winfield of England received U.S. patent for the lawn-tennis court.

1914 - The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York, NY and San Francisco, CA.

1940 - John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO, completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River. The swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.

1950 - Disney's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" was released.

1958 - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress.

1968 - Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's stance against artificial methods of birth control. - Couples who practice the rhythm method of contraception are called "Mom" and "Dad".

1975 - OAS (Organization of American States) members voted to lift collective sanctions against Cuba. The U.S. government welcomed the action and announced its intention to open serious discussions with Cuba on normalization. - Don't see much progress there.

1981 - England's Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married.

1985 - General Motors announced that Spring Hill, TN, would be the home of the Saturn automobile assembly plant.

1993 - The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible." His death sentence was thrown out and he was set free.

1997 - Minamata Bay in Japan was declared free of mercury 40 years after contaminated food fish were blamed for deaths and birth defects.

2005 - Astronomers announced that they had discovered a new planet (Xena) larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun. - Name was changed to Eris on September 14th, 2006.


 Kickoff for the Quasquicentennial Celebration - Alvo's oldest house Contest. Let's find the oldest house in Alvo! Requirements - confirm through plat maps, deeds or sale records.

Submit to:


135 Main Street

Alvo, NE 68304

Contest closes January 31st, 2015.

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