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alvo newsletter, september 17th, 2014


Lee Copple celebrated 90 years on this planet on Friday, September 12th. So it's late, but best wishes for many more. helicopter Today (Tuesday) he's going for a helicopter ride at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln. Wonder what else is on his bucket list? Enjoy, Lee.

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Check the upcoming events after the main newsletter - there is a lot happening in Cass County. (That's why Cass County Tourism helps us bring the newsletter to you all.)

Supported in part by  CCTour  Cass County Tourism.

Elmwood-Murdock Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars Launched

State Treasurer Don Stenberg representing the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, the state sponsor, was joined by co-sponsors Elmwood's American Exchange Bank and Murdocks's Corn Growers State Bank. American Exchange President Rob Clements and Corn Grower's President Brian McHugh cooperated in establishing the program at Elmwood-Murdock. Superintendent Dan Novack represented Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools and the event was attended by seniors and sophomores. The launch was held at at the Elmwood-Murdock gym on Monday, September 15th.

The online program was developed by EverFi, Inc. of Washington DC, the leading education technology company to teach, assess and certify learners in critical skills. More information at: EverFi Web Site

Information about American Exchange Bank: American Exchange Web Site

Information about Corn Grower's State Bank: Corn Grower's State Bank Web Site

Information about the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust: NEST Web Site

Drought Conditions 20140909 NE trd

UNL Drought Monitor Page

Sun Hours Sneaking Away

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Autumn
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 07:08 AM 07:31 PM 12:23 6
Thursday, September 18, 2014 07:09 AM 07:29 PM 12:20 5
Friday, September 19, 2014 07:10 AM 07:28 PM 12:18 4
Saturday, September 20, 2014 07:11 AM 07:26 PM 12:15 3
Sunday, September 21, 2014 07:12 AM 07:24 PM 12:12 2
Monday, September 22, 2014 07:13 AM 07:23 PM 12:10 1
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 07:14 AM 07:21 PM 12:07 0

First day of autumn is next Tuesday the 23rd

Question: Why aren't there exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness on the fall equinox? 

Answer: On the equinoxes, the very center of the Sun sets just 12 hours after it rises. But the day begins when the upper edge of the Sun reaches the horizon (which happens a bit before the center rises), and it doesn't end until the entire Sun has set. Not only that, but the Sun is actually visible when it is below the horizon, as Earth's atmosphere refracts the Sun's rays and bends them in an arc over the horizon. According to our former astronomer, George Greenstein, "If the Sun were to shrink to a starlike point and we lived in a world without air, the spring and fall equinoxes would truly have 'equal nights.'"

- Courtesy of the Old Farmers Almanac

 "Never do something permanently foolish just because you are temporarily upset." - Marc Chernoff's "60 Quotes that Will Change Your Life"   Marc and Angel's Web Site

 Historical Events

  September 17th

1778 - The US signed its first treaty with a Native American tribe, the Delaware Nation. - It lasted a little over a year and these Pennsylvania Indians ended up in Oklahoma.

1787 - The Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates at the Constitutional Convention.

1911 - The first transcontinental airplane flight started. It took C.P. Rogers 82 hours to fly from New York City to Pasadena, CA. - Today you can spend almost that much time waiting for your flight.

 1930 - Construction on Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas. - Finished in 1935.

1947 - The first Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal, was sworn in to office. - Until then, the office was called the Secretary of War, which is way more accurate - Sorry, Chuck.

1972 - "M*A*S*H" premiered on CBS-TV.

1976 - NASA unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, CA.

1983 - Vanessa Williams, Miss New York, became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America.

  September 18th

1830 - The "Tom Thumb", the first locomotive built in America, raced a horse on a nine-mile course. The horse won when the locomotive had some mechanical difficulties.

1850 - The Fugitive Slave Act was declared by Congress. The act allowed owners to claim slaves that had escaped into other states.

1895 - Daniel David Palmer gave the first chiropractic adjustment. - Doctors were upset

1947 - The United States Air Force was established as a separate military branch by the National Security Act. - We own the skies

1998 - The House Judiciary Committee voted to release to videotape of President Clinton's grand jury testimony from August 17. - Vote was 21 Republics for 16 Democrats against - surprised?

1998 - The FDA approved a once-a-day easier-to-swallow medication for AIDS patients.

 September 19th

1876 - Melville R. Bissell patented the carpet sweeper.

1893 - In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was consented to giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote. - Way ahead of America.

1957 - The US conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert. - Probably not much oil drilling, mining or fracking there these days.

1959 - Nikita Khruschev was not allowed to visit Disneyland due to security reasons. Khrushchev reacted angrily. - He wanted Mickey's autograph.

1982 - Scott Fahlman became the first person to use :-) in an online message. - He could have meant this :-( but hit the wrong key.

1986 - US health officials announced that AZT, though an experimental drug, would be made available to AIDS patients.

1988 - Israel successfully launched the Horizon-I test satellite.

1996 - The Senate passed a welfare overhaul bill. - Repealing the Aid to Families with Dependent Children part of the legislation.

 September 20th

1881 - Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the US; President James A. Garfield had died the day before.

1962 - James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. Meredith was later admitted.

1977 - The first of the "boat people" arrived in San Francisco from Southeast Asia under a new U.S. resettlement program.

1991 - U.N. weapons inspectors left for Iraq in a renewed search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. - How many did they find??

1995 - The House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits. - More wrecks - more money for EMS.

September 21st

 1893 - Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline- powered automobile for a test drive. The "horseless carriage" was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.

1897 - The New York Sun ran the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon. - Another reason to not believe everything printed on the editorial page.

1937 - J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was first published.

1949 - Communist leaders proclaimed The People's Republic of China.

1970 - "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.

1973 - Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State. - He cared nothing about the troops who died in Vietnam.

1981 - The Senate confirmed Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first female justice on the Supreme Court.

1996 - The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.

 September 22nd

 1862 - President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation stating that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.

1903 - Italo Marchiony was granted a patent for the ice cream cone. - Now there's a guy with the right priorities.

1914 - Three British cruisers were sunk by one German submarine in the North Sea. 1,400 British sailors were killed. This event alerted the British to the effectiveness of the submarine.

1949 - The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb successfully. - With US information leaked to them.

1955 - Commercial television began in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted. - You can guess how long that lasted.

1961 - President Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps. - I chose a different path.

1980 - A border conflict between Iran and Iraq became a full-scale war. - The Middle East, where you can't tell allies from enemies.

1988 - Canada's government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's during World War II. They also promised compensation.

 September 23rd

 1779 - John Paul Jones, commander of the American warship Bon Homme, was quoted as saying "I have not yet begun to fight!"

1780 - John Andre, a British spy, was captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point, NY, to the British. - Andre was executed, Arnold escaped - he was basically a crook.

1806 - The Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, reached St. Louis, ending their trip to the Pacific Northwest.

1930 - Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier.

1957 - Nine black students withdrew from Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas due to the white mob outside.

1962 - "The Jetsons" premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be carried in color.

1986 - Japanese newspapers quoted Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone as saying that minorities lowered the "intelligence level" of America.

1990 - Iraq publicly threatened to destroy Middle East oil fields and to attack Israel if any nation tried to force it from Kuwait.

1999 - A 17-month-old girl fell 230 feet from the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The girl had bruises but no broken limbs from the fall onto a rocky ledge.


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