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Alvo Newsletter, July 30th, 2014

Happiness is cool weather in July in Nebraska!

Actually, the temperature and humidity swings create stress on your body, especially if you're very old, very young or have chronic health problems. Sudden environmental changes cause changes in blood pressure, heart rate and metabolism. Elderly people taking medications that regulate blood pressure and heart rate don't adapt well to these environmental changes. People of any age using recreational chemicals are also susceptible to acute health issues related to the environment. (Memorial Stadium during early season daytime football games comes to mind.)

"There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing." ~Alfred Wainwright


The new well control system has been ordered - delivery in three weeks and another week to install. Please continue conserving water.

Par 4 Needs a Forever Home!

Par 4 1

Hey cat people, here's a fur covered mega purr little guy waiting for someone to NOT dump him out next to Grandpa's Woods. If you're the creep who dumped this affectionate, gentle kitten, may the fleas of a thousand camels infest your house, car and body.

  Par 4 4

He wandered across the first tee, was shooed away by the golfers ahead of us and when Karen called him, he decided even though she's a dog person that she might be OK. According to our vet he's 10-12 weeks old and very social (he likes humans, even though he was tossed by one). He's been vaccinated and his ear mites treated at Pitts Veterinary Hospital in Lincoln, 

Par 4 3

Contact Karen at 402-781-2710 if your house needs a very laid back, agile kitten with a Chevy 454 big block (with headers) purr. Weighs 1.9 pounds and purrs like a 150 pound cougar.




 Kickoff for the Alvo Quasquicentennial - Alvo's oldest house Contest. Find the oldest house in Alvo! 

Submit to:


135 Main Street

Alvo, NE 68304

Contest closes January 31st, 2015.

It was pointed out to me there aren't any rules posted. Here they are; 1. House must be occupied by people, not bobcats, raccoons or barn swallows. 2. Verification through copies of deeds, plat maps, "Remembering Yesterdays... Alvo and Its People" or "Alvo Centennial 1890 - 1990"

Winner receives dinner for two at Round the Bend Steakhouse and Saloon


Official restaurant of Alvo Fire Department and Alvo Rescue Squad


Shorter days, shorter days...

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Autumn
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 06:20 AM 08:43 PM 14:23 55
Thursday, July 31, 2014 06:21 AM 08:42 PM 14:21 54
Friday, August 01, 2014 06:22 AM 08:41 PM 14:19 53
Saturday, August 02, 2014 06:23 AM 08:40 PM 14:17 52
Sunday, August 03, 2014 06:24 AM 08:39 PM 14:15 51
Monday, August 04, 2014 06:25 AM 08:38 PM 14:13 50
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 06:26 AM 08:37 PM 14:11 49

First quarter (half moon), 7:50 PM, July 3rd

 Historical Trivia

July 30th

1729 - The city of Baltimore was founded in Maryland

1932 - Walt Disney's "Flowers and Trees" premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor.

1942 - The WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service of the US Navy) created by legislation signed by President Franklin D Roosevelt.

1945 - The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine while returning from delivering key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to Tinian island. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack.- One of the bigger foul ups of the war. Most of those who survived the sinking were killed by sharks or died of exposure. The mission was classified even after the components were unloaded.

1956 - The phrase "In God We Trust" was adopted as the U.S. national motto. - I remember that the same year "One nation under God" was added to the pledge of allegiance - anyway our national conduct does not reflect either of those phrases.

1965 - President Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect in 1966.

1974 - The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted for the third and final article of  impeachment against President Nixon for obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of Congress. - "Well, I screwed it up real good, didn't I?" and "I am not a crook" - Richard M Nixon

1990 - In Spring Hill, TN, the first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line.

2000 - Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were married. - Divorcing her for Angelina Jolie? Dumb!

2001 - Lance Armstrong became the first American to win three consecutive Tours de France.Aided by performance enhancing drugs

2003 - In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagon Beetle rolled off an assembly line.

July 31st

1790 - The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance was used in fertilizer.

1955 - 17 year old Marilyn Bell of Toronto, Canada, became the youngest person to swim the English Channel.

1971 - Men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV). - Dr. Lou Leviticus helped design the drive train (he was director of the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab at UN-L)

1989 - A pro-Iranian group in Lebanon released a videotape reportedly showing the hanged body of American hostage William R. Higgins.

1991 - US President George H. W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

August 1st

1619 - The first black Americans (20) arrived at Jamestown, VA. - They were treated as indentured labor and were eventually freed, but in the 1700s, slave laws passed in several colonies treated blacks as property.

1790 - The first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia

1876 - Colorado became the 38th state to join the United States.

1893 - Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford.

1956 - The Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult children.

1957 - The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was created by the United States and Canada.

1973 - The movie "American Graffiti" opened.

1988 - Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" opened. - The religious among us were up in arms about this movie.

2006 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned over absolute power when he gave his brother Raul authority while he underwent an intestinal surgery.

August 2nd

1861 - The United States Congress passed the first income tax. The revenues were intended for the war effort against the South.

1887 - Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire.

1892 - Charles A. Wheeler patented the first escalator.

1926 - John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in the first showing of the Vitaphone System. The system was the combining of picture and sound for movies.

1943 - The US Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, sank after being attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy.

1964 - The Pentagon reported the first of two North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin. - How about the fact that these "attacks" never happened?

1990 - Iraq invaded the oil-rich country of Kuwait. Iraq claimed that Kuwait had driven down oil prices by exceeding production quotas set by OPEC.

August 3rd

1492 - Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage would lead him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12.- Thought he was going to India and popular "history" is that he discovered America - well, sort of, if you consider the Bahamas America.

1914 - Germany declared war on France. The next day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany

1923 - Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the U.S. after the sudden death of President Harding.

1933 - The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.

1958 - The Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. The mission was known as "Operation Sunshine."

1981 - US air traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as President Reagan had warned.

1985 - Mail service returned to a nudist colony in Paradise Lake, FL. Residents promised that they'd wear clothes or stay out of sight when the mailperson came to deliver. - Having lived in Florida and seen people who live there, I am sympathetic to the mailperson's objections to seeing them without clothing.

2004 - In New York, the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public. It had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

August 4th

1735 - Freedom of the press was established with the acquittal of John Peter Zenger. The writer of the New York Weekly Journal had been charged with seditious libel by the royal governor of New York. The jury said that "the truth is not libelous."

1914 - Britain declared war on Germany in World War I. The U.S. proclaimed its neutrality.

1922 - The death of Alexander Graham Bell, two days earlier, was recognized by AT&T and the Bell Systems by shutting down all of its switchboards and switching stations. The shutdown affected 13 million phones.

1944 - Nazi police raided a house in Amsterdam and arrested eight people. Anne Frank, a teenager at the time, was one of the people arrested. Her diary would be published after her death.

1987 - The Fairness Doctrine was rescinded by the Federal Communications Commission. The doctrine had required that radio and TV stations present controversial issues in a balanced fashion. - Also did away with providing equal time for political candidates - today, air time goes to the highest bidder (Bet you didn't know that).

August 5th

1833 - The village of Chicago was incorporated. The population was approximately 250. - As of the 2012 census it's 2.75 million.

1861 - The U.S. federal government levied its first income tax. The tax was 3% of all incomes over $800. The wartime measure was rescinded in 1872.

1964 - U.S. aircraft bombed North Vietnam after North Vietnamese boats attacked U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin. - Retaliation based on lies.

1981 - The U.S. federal government started firing striking air traffic controllers.

2011 - Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to Jupiter. It was the first solar-powered spacecraft to go to Jupiter

County Fair Time

If you have entries at the Cass, Lancaster, Otoe or Saunders county fairs, please let me know. Take pictures of your 4-H, FFA or open class entry send them to me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I know if your entry places, somebody will use a phone camera to snap an image or seven - use the same email address, and your exploits will be a newsletter article.

Or you can drop me a note at: Editor, 135 Main Street, Alvo, NE 68304

Any group, club, team or circle of friends that gets together on a regular basis, whether formal or informal meeting, lunch, quilting group, dinner or bar crawl - let me know - Your neighbors want to know where you go on the first Monday of every week - maybe you'll get some new members.



"My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down - but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let's all have another round." - Willie Nelson
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